ILION, N.Y. – The employees union at Remington Arms has endorsed Richard Hanna for Congress in the primary election for New York’s 22nd Congressional District.
The United Mine Workers Local 717, which represents more than 1,000 Remington employees, made the announcement this afternoon at the Ilion plant. The endorsement follows last week’s announcement that the National Rifle Association is also supporting Hanna’s re-election.
“Richard Hanna has been a tireless advocate for our union and the entire Remington workforce in the Mohawk Valley,” said Fran Madore, president of the United Mine Workers Local 717. “Richard respects labor and he’s a proven leader for us at the federal level. He defends the Second Amendment, opposes the SAFE Act and helps with federal contracts. We know that Richard Hanna has our back and he deserves support on June 24 from everyone who supports keeping Remington strong in Herkimer County.”
Among some of the reasons Hanna earned the endorsement:
Defending the Second Amendment: Hanna has an “A” rating from the NRA, which recognizes of his steadfast support of Upstate sportsmen. Richard has stood up against proposals pushed forward by special interests in Washington and New York that have aimed to take the Constitutional right to bear arms away from responsible gun owners.
Strongly Opposed to the NY SAFE Act: Hanna believes the SAFE Act is a flagrant attack on the rights of law-abiding New Yorkers. He has been and will continue to be committed to supporting statewide efforts that would repeal this deeply flawed law.
Committed to Maintaining Remington’s Upstate Heritage: Hanna is the leading advocate in Congress for Remington Arms and the UMWA Local 717 workforce. More than 500 new jobs have been brought to Remington’s Ilion plant since Richard was elected to Congress, and he has helped to facilitate several large contracts that keep the Ilion manufacturing lines running. Richard will continue to work to ensure that Remington’s proud manufacturing tradition and union jobs continue to be based right here in Herkimer County for generations to come.
Opposed to Microstamping: Hanna is firmly opposed to the unproven and unreliable process known as microstamping. Forcing this punitive practice on New Yorkers would cause increased costs and burdens on manufacturers and consumers and adversely affect lawful gun owners without deterring criminals.
Protecting Healthcare Coverage for Mine Workers: Hanna is a cosponsor of the Coal Healthcare and Pensions Protection Act of 2013, which would ensure that UMWA miners and their dependents would not lose their retiree health care as a result of the Patriot Coal bankruptcy.
Supporting Sportsmen: Hanna was a cosponsor of the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013, which would protect traditional hunting and fishing materials and preserve and promote the ability of responsible sportsmen to hunt, fish and shoot on federal lands. Richard also adopted an amendment to this legislation to highlight how new recreational opportunities created by the bill enhance opportunities for outdoor industries like Remington, create jobs, boost wages and generate revenue.
Ensuring Government Regulations Don’t Stifle Economic Growth: Hanna supported the Energy Consumers Relief Act, which would help protect upstate New Yorkers from new EPA regulations that increase energy prices and make it more difficult to create and sustain jobs. Hanna also supported the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act in order to prevent costly EPA coal ash regulations from driving up consumer energy prices and making domestic infrastructure projects more expensive.
“It is an honor to be supported by the men and women who work at the Arms day in and day out producing the finest American firearms,” Hanna said. “It is a privilege to work on behalf of the Remington community and support them in every way I can. I will always defend the Second Amendment and free enterprise so Remington Arms can thrive in the Valley for generations to come.”
The 22nd Congressional District is comprised of all or part of eight counties in upstate New York. Whole counties include: Chenango, Cortland, Madison and Oneida. Partial counties include: Broome, Herkimer, Oswego and Tioga.
Hanna is a businessman with more than 30 years experience in upstate New York. Prior to being elected to Congress in November 2010, he had never served in public office.