Brown, Hoeven

House Message Accompanying the tribal labor sovereignty bill (S. 140)

Senator Brown: (5:03 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tribal labor sovereignty.
    • "This is just the latest battle in the decade's long war that so many in this town have been waging to undermine the rights of American workers. It will - this bill strips away the rights of 600,000 employees at tribal casinos, 600,000 employees at casinos on tribal lands will lose their rights to collective bargaining. You know what that means to their wages, you know what that means to their benefits. 75% of their 600,000 employees are not members of a tribe. So when these casinos all over the country, on reservations, these casinos on Indian lands, most of the 600,000 employees at these tribal casinos have the right to collectively bargain and form unions if they choose and to get better wages and benefits if that's what brings them to it."
  • Spoke on the nomination of Dr. Ronnie Jackson to be Secretary of Veterans' Affairs.
    • "Over the next few weeks the Senate will consider the nominee to head veteran affairs, Dr. Ronnie Jackson. I will meet with him and look forward to that. I am eager to what his plans are and how the V.A. System will work better for the men and women who serve our country. I know my friend who sits on the veterans committee shares the same concerns I do. One of my top priorities is finding out about his views on the misguided idea that some are pushing of privatizing the V.A. System."


Senator Hoeven: (5:27 p.m.)

  • Spoke on tribal labor sovereignty.
    • "Today marks a real opportunity for the Senate to affirm and celebrate tribal sovereignty and self-determination. The Senate will be considering S. 140 as amended, an act to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010. And this bill combines both Republican and Democrat bills into three sections of S. 140. Each of these bills, S. 140, S. 249, and S. 63 all passed out of the Indian Affairs Committee with bipartisan support. The first section of S. 140 would allow for a technical amendment so that the White Mountain Apache Tribe can use all for a portion of already appropriated funds from a water rights settlement to complete their drinking water system in Arizona. This section was originally sponsored by Senators Flake and McCain as S. 140."