Ilion, NY—Today Congresswoman Claudia Tenney accepted the endorsement of the United Mine Workers of America Local 717, the union that represents Remington Arms employees.

“I am honored to accept the endorsement of UMWA Local 717.  Failed economic policies and gun-grabbing measures have been tough on this iconic company, however, it has been my privilege to work closely with the hardworking employees at Remington and advocate for their needs both in Albany and in Washington. I stood by Remington employees and their families during lay-offs, the implementation of the job-killing SAFE Act, and  crushing taxes and regulations that drove jobs at the Ilion plant out of our state. I will continue to stand up for the Second Amendment and fight for Remington employees and their families in Congress,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, Representative for New York’s 22 Congressional District. “I’m also fighting to protect the UMWA pension and put it back on a path to solvency. I’ve cosponsored the American Miners Pension Act to ensure that the nearly 87,000 UMWA retirees on the plan continue to receive their hard earned pensions.” 

Statement from UMWA 717: 

UMWA 717 is proud to endorse Representative Claudia Tenney for re-election to Congress in the 22nd District of New York. Congresswoman Tenney is a leading voice on the Second Amendment and a fierce advocate for members of our union who works to keep jobs at our plant in Ilion.  Representative Tenney fought tirelessly against the inception of the SAFE Act and she continues to stand up for our union members and our community in Congress. 

Congresswoman Tenney is a leading advocate on Second Amendment issues in Washington who cosponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act that would allow law abiding gun owners with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit to conceal a handgun in any other state that allows concealed carry. In Albany, Claudia Tenney held an A rating from the NRA, a 100% rating from NYSCOPE, a 100% rating from Gun Owners of America, an A+ rating from NYS Rifle & Pistol Association, and was the first to introduce the full repeal of Governor Cuomo’s unconstitutional SAFE Act.