Posts Tagged ‘rescue

09
Dec
10

‘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.

29
Oct
10

west wing week: “the mysterious case of mysterious case 55” (oct 29, 2010)

28
Oct
10

good job

President Barack Obama meets with some of the Americans involved in the Chilean mine rescue effort in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on October 28

13
Oct
10

hope….

President Obama: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the brave miners, their families, and the men and women who have been working so hard to rescue them. While that rescue is far from over and difficult work remains, we pray that by God’s grace, the miners will be able to emerge safely and return to their families soon.”

The family of trapped miners Renan and Florencio Avalos spend time together a few hours before the start of the rescue operation in Copiapo, Chile, October 12

Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera hugs miner Florencio Avalos after Avalos was rescued from the the collapsed San Jose gold and copper mine where he was trapped with 32 other miners for over two months near Copiapo, Chile




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