Local Elected Officials Urge Senate To Take Up 9/11 Health Bill
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Weeks after the House failed to pass it, local lawmakers are pushing for the Senate to take up a bill to provide compensation and health monitoring for sick September 11th first responders.
New York's Junior Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring the $7.4 billion James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to a vote when lawmakers return from summer recess.
House Democrats fell short of passing the measure in a procedure that required a two-thirds majority.
"We really want to make sure that these men and women, who are our first responders, who gave so much for us and all of the community around the 9/11 site, can get the healthcare they deserve," Gillibrand said.
"At the end of the day, when all of the shouting is done, there are 900 people that have died from having stuff in their lungs that they got doing the most heroic things which helping their neighbors after September 11th," said Congressman Anthony Weiner.
Sick workers are vowing to stage a massive protest when Congress returns from summer break.
The bill is named for a New York City Police Department detective who died after working at the site.
It would provide help to first responders and residents who were sickened by the toxic dust from the debris.