Congresswoman Calls For Reopening 9/11 Victim Fund
By: NY1 News
NY1: Congresswoman Calls For Reopening 9/11 Victim Fund
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A bill on its way to Congress calls for reopening the federal Victim Compensation Fund.
The fund has distributed all its awards and is no longer accepting applications. But hundreds of rescue workers say they developed illnesses after the deadline, while other applicants claim they were rejected on technicalities.
New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney says the fund should be amended and reopened for three more years.
“These individuals worked through extreme conditions in an unprecedented, unimaginable disaster site,” Maloney said Tuesday. “The medical conditions that arose out of this site were unlike any others."
The fund paid out a total of $$7 billion to injured survivors of the World Trade Center attack and the families of those who died.