Wednesday, February 4, 2009

9/11 Health Bill Reintroduced In Congress


Maloney

Today, three members of Congress reintroduced bipartisan legislation to address the health crisis caused by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The 9/11 Health and Compensation Act would provide medical monitoring and treatment for those exposed to toxins released by the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. The bill would also provide compensation for economic losses due to illnesses or injuries caused by the attacks.

The previous version of the bill was set to be considered by the House last fall but it was delayed largely because of the financial. The Congress members are hopeful that the new bill will have strong bipartisan support when it is voted on by the House in the coming months. In addition, during his presidential campaign, President Barack Obama signaled his strong support for helping the heroes and heroines of 9/11.

“Thousands lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, but in the years that followed thousands more lost their health. This bill provides proper care to those who are suffering and demonstrates that America will not abandon its first responders and all those affected,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

"This bi-partisan legislation will go a tremendous distance toward showing our responders the respect and appreciation they deserve, and it will make good on our collective responsibility to care for those community members who needlessly suffered the ill effects of toxic dust,” added Rep. Jerrold Nadler, (D-NY).

Joining Nadler and Maloney in co-sponsoring the bill are Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Michael McMahon (D-NY).

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