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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution designating October 30, 2018 as a national day of remembrance to honor American workers who have helped develop the nation’s nuclear weapons program.

“In Tennessee and across our nation, civilian workers have made extraordinary contributions to our national defense, particularly during the Cold War,” said Corker. “These individuals and their families have made tremendous sacrifices to keep Americans safe at home and abroad, and it is important we honor their often unheralded work that has helped preserve our nation’s freedom.”

Corker introduced the resolution with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.). Original cosponsors include Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

Full text of the resolution is below and available online here.

Whereas, since World War II, hundreds of thousands of men and women, including uranium miners, millers, and haulers, have served the United States by building nuclear weapons for the defense of the United States;

Whereas dedicated workers paid a high price for developing a nuclear weapons program at the service of and for the benefit of the United States, including by developing disabling or fatal illnesses;

Whereas the Senate recognized the contributions, services, and sacrifices that those patriotic men and women made for the defense of the United States in—

(1) Senate Resolution 151, 111th Congress, agreed to May 20, 2009;

(2) Senate Resolution 653, 111th Congress, agreed to September 28, 2010;

(3) Senate Resolution 275, 112th Congress, agreed to September 26, 2011;

(4) Senate Resolution 519, 112th Congress, agreed to August 1, 2012;

(5) Senate Resolution 164, 113th Congress, agreed to September 18, 2013;

(6) Senate Resolution 417, 113th Congress, agreed to July 9, 2014;

(7) Senate Resolution 213, 114th Congress, agreed to September 25, 2015;

(8) Senate Resolution 560, 114th Congress, agreed to November 16, 2016; and

(9) Senate Resolution 314, 115th Congress, agreed to October 30, 2017;

Whereas a national day of remembrance time capsule has been crossing the United States, collecting stories and artifacts of nuclear weapons program workers relating to the nuclear defense era of the United States, and a remembrance quilt has been constructed to memorialize the contribution of those workers;

Whereas the stories and artifacts reflected in the time capsule and the remembrance quilt reinforce the importance of recognizing nuclear weapons program workers; and

Whereas those patriotic men and women deserve to be recognized for the contributions, services, and sacrifices they made for the defense of the United States: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) designates October 30, 2018, as a national day of remembrance for the nuclear weapons program and uranium enrichment workers of the United States, including the uranium miners, millers, and haulers; and

(2) encourages the people of the United States to support and participate in appropriate ceremonies, programs, and other activities to commemorate October 30, 2018, as a national day of remembrance for past and present workers in the nuclear weapons program of the United States. 

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