The relatives of a coal mining victim are consoled by Senator Robert Byrd at a bill signing ceremony in Washington

 
The relatives of a coal mining victim are consoled by Senator Robert Byrd at a bill signing ceremony in Washington
Veteran U.S. senator Robert Byrd (R) (D-WV) consoles the relatives of coal mine accident victim Marty Barrett at an event where U.S. President George W. Bush signed S. 2803, the Miner Act, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, June 15, 2006. (L-R) are Pamela Campbell, the sister of Bennett's wife Judy, as Bennett's niece Alison Sharp. The bill aims to improve conditions for workers in mines and ensure better methods of safety in the event of mine accidents. On Monday, Byrd became the longest serving U.S. senator in history, with almost 48 years of service. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES)