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United Mine Workers of America "Proud to Endorse" Sen. Robert C. Byrd for Reelection

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September 28, 2005

United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts today announced that the union has endorsed Senator Robert C. Byrd (D- W. Va.) for reelection in 2006.

"We are proud to endorse Senator Byrd for reelection," said Roberts. "There is no better friend in Congress of working and retired coal miners and their families than Senator Byrd. He has stood with us time and time again in our hours of need, and we're going to stand with him.

"He's a leader in the fight for continued funding for the Coal Act, making sure the federal government lives up to its promise of health care for retired miners and their widows. Because of his efforts, hundreds of millions of dollars are returned to West Virginia coalfield communities each year, supporting local economies throughout our state.

"Senator Byrd has worked to enact and strengthen coal mine health and safety legislation, helping to transform coal mines from dangerous, dusty places where life and limb were at constant risk into workplaces where workers can have a reasonable expectation of returning home from work safely every day," Roberts said.

"But Senator Byrd doesn't just stand up for coal miners and our families, he stands up for every working family in West Virginia and always has in his years as a United States Senator," Roberts said. "His is a voice of strength and courage in the Senate, one working families cannot afford to lose at this critical time in our nation's history. He is on our side, and we're on his."

The UMWA endorsement of Senator Byrd was recommended by the West Virginia Coal Miners Political Action Committee (COMPAC) Council earlier in September. The UMWA National COMPAC Council voted unanimously to endorse Byrd on September 22.

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