Wednesday, July 29, 2009

9/11 House Compensation Bill Clears Major Hurdle

Today, the House Judiciary Committee approved a portion of the landmark 9/11 Health and Compensation Act by a vote of 22-9. New York Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Peter King, and Michael McMahon, the lead sponsors of the legislation, hailed today’s approval as a sign of the measure’s strong momentum toward a vote in the full House by the eighth anniversary of the attacks. The legislation would provide long-term, comprehensive health care and compensation for those sickened or injured in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Today’s vote is a crucial step toward our goal of passing this landmark bill by the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Eight years is long enough to finally get proper care and compensation for the heroes and heroines of 9/11,” said Maloney.

The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over the portion of the legislation that would reopen the federal Victim Compensation Fund for those who suffered economic losses as a result of exposure to Ground Zero toxins. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over the health care component of the bill.

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