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‘republicans block health aid for 9/11 workers’

NY Times: Republican senators blocked Democratic legislation on Thursday that sought to provide medical care to rescue workers and residents of New York City who became ill as a result of breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke from ground zero.

The 9/11 health bill, a version of which was approved by the House of Representatives in September, is among a handful of initiatives that Senate Democrats had been hoping to approve this year before the close of the 111th Congress. Supporters believe this is their last real opportunity to have the bill passed.

…Republicans have been raising concerns about how to pay for the $7.4 billion measure, while Democrats, led by Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand of New York, have argued that the nation had a moral obligation to assist those who put their lives at risk during rescue operations at ground zero.

The bill is formally known as the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, named after a New York Police Department detective who participated in the rescue efforts at ground zero. He later developed breathing complications that were common to first responders at the site, and he died in January 2006.

Senator Harry Reid: “Republicans denied adequate health care to the heroes who developed illnesses from rushing into burning buildings on 9/11,” he said. “Yet they will stop at nothing to give tax breaks to millionaires and C.E.O.’s, even though they will explode our deficit and fail to create jobs. That tells you everything you need to know about their priorities.”

Ms. Gillibrand, the chief sponsor in the Senate, even reached out to former President George W. Bush. But her aides say Mr. Bush did not respond to her entreaties.


4 Responses to “‘republicans block health aid for 9/11 workers’”


  1. 1 theo67
    December 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Republicans are a disaster, and if the people who vote for them can’t see this now, then they are beyond hope. Heaven help us if there is ever another Republican president while they are operating like this.

  2. 2 Sue in Minnesota
    December 9, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Republicans are cold hearted and shameless. This disgusts me.

  3. December 9, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    AND SO ARE THE DEMOCRATS…THEY ARE A SAD BUNCH TOO!!!

  4. 4 CR
    December 10, 2010 at 10:36 am

    How very very sad that the GOP congress would do this to our first responders


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