A Mt. Sinai School of Medicine study finds increases in multiple myeloma among 9/11 first responders under 45 years of age.
Four members of Congress from New York, three Democrats and one Republican, have issued a joint statement in reaction to the results.
“The fact that the authors of this cancer study say the results are inconclusive only reinforces the urgent need for an established, long-term monitoring program for 9/11 responders and treatment for illnesses that result from exposure to toxins at Ground Zero." the Congress members said.
"We need to act now to put in place a strong permanent program to protect the health of our brave responders and community members.”
Democrats Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Michael McMahon and Republican Peter King
are the lead sponsors of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847), which would provide long-term, comprehensive health care and compensation for those sickened or injured in the aftermath of 9/11. It passed the House Judiciary Committee in late July; the House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to take up the bill in September.