Hernández lost his left leg and arm and part of his right hand when he fell from the top of a moving freight train while trying to reach the U.S. - he was desperate.
"Nurse-to-patient ratios is sound public policy, raising the bar for public safety."
"It strains our collective memory to think of a case where we attack a problem by defunding it when we want a positive outcome."
Rules will help prevent millions of workers from being subject to harmful or unlawful treatment, especially underpaid women.
Railroad Workers United reported that the first protest about safety, or lack of it, on rail lines occurred in Chicago on May 27.
A work stoppage began March 17 in the San Quintín Valley, in Baja California, as workers called for a minimum daily wage of 300 pesos, about $20.
"We see 20 percent of our workforce being deported; half of Texas' construction workers are undocumented."
Union leaders hailed the Senate vote, which forces senators to postpone the debate on fast-track until after the Memorial Day recess.
Nurses support legislation to mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios and for full collective bargaining rights for nurses employed at the VA.
Low fines and lack of jail terms for heads of firms that disobey or disregard safety provide little incentive for companies to obey the law.