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House Reconsiders Bill To Aid 9/11 Responders -Bill Would Provide $7.4B To Workers Sickened During Cleanup Of WTC Site

Cat 2010/09/09 02:35:20
House Reconsiders Bill To Aid 9/11 Responders

Bill Would Provide $7.4B To Workers Sickened During Cleanup Of WTC Site

ANDREW MIGA, Associated Press Writer

POSTED: 3:36 pm CDT September 8, 2010
UPDATED: 5:51 pm CDT September 8, 2010

WASHINGTON -- The House is expected to reconsider a bill this month to provide up to $7.4 billion to workers sickened during cleanup of World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11 attacks, lawmakers from New York said Wednesday.

House Democratic leaders agreed to bring the bill to a vote after Congress returns next week from its summer break, U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler said.

The bill would provide free health care and compensation to 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who fell ill after working in the trade center ruins.

In July, the bill failed to win the two-thirds majority that was needed under the procedure that Democratic leaders used to bring up the bill to block potential amendments. The bill fell short, 255-159. The vote was largely along party lines, with 12 Republicans joining Democrats supporting the measure.

Maloney and Nadler said that this time, the bill will need only a simple majority.

Maloney and Nadler said they are approaching the vote "with the expectation and belief that neither side will play politics with this vitally important legislation."

The July vote sparked an angry exchange between two New York congressmen, Republican Peter King and Democrat Anthony Weiner. During floor debate before the vote, Weiner criticized King, a Long Island Republican.

"The gentleman is providing cover for his colleagues rather than doing the right thing," bellowed Weiner, who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens. "Republicans wrapping their arms around Republicans rather than doing the right thing on behalf of heroes. It's a shame, a shame."

King, a key backer of the bill, had accused Democrats earlier of staging a "charade."

The harsh words were sparked by the decision by Democratic leaders to use the procedure that required the two-thirds majority vote.

King said Democrats were "petrified" about casting votes on amendments, possibly including one that would ban aid from going to illegal immigrants sickened by trade center dust.

King's comments angered New York Democrats, who blamed Republicans for not supporting the bill and accused King of not doing enough to win more GOP support for the measure.

The legislation is named for James Zadroga, a police detective who died at age 34. His supporters say he died from respiratory disease contracted at ground zero, but New York City's medical examiner said Zadroga's lung condition was caused by prescription drug abuse.

Members of Congress from New York and New Jersey have been pushing such a measure for years.

Similar legislation is pending in the Senate.

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  • BROOKLYNGOODFELLA 2011/09/07 20:12:52
  • John "By God" American 2010/09/09 11:07:17
    John "By God" American
    Can you say "buying votes"?
  • Wilson 2010/09/09 10:11:33
    Wilson
    +1
    I'm suspicious.

    It's a no-brainer that americans want these folks supported but I don't trust the government in this. Politicians know it's sacriledge to deny this but 7.4 BBBBBillion?! Really?!

    We need watchdogs, citizens right on the politicians elbows, counting the beans with them, ready to stop everything and call them out any time a bean finds its way into a politicians pocket. Film every minute. These are not scrupulous people in DC.

    If we're serious about helping these heroes we need to watch!
  • Merl 2010/09/09 05:42:40
    Merl
    +1
    I may be an a** about this but it is a state and local government issue, NOT a federal issue. Granted the attacks touched everyone in this country and the heroism and bravery shown by these great men and women should be compensated with our undying admiration. For congress to set this precedent is a dangerous slippery slope to run down. I am all for private funds and collection drives but federal money shouldn't be provided.
  • Rodney 2010/09/09 03:36:09
    Rodney
    +1
    While my heart goes out to those who have fallen ill from the dust and chemicals spewed into the air, I have to wonder why it has taken 10 years. Also in my mind is why now? Our Nation is buckling under the debt by these overspending loose cannons, but do they stop? NO! I suspect they are attempting to gain some votes at a time that they are in fear for their careers. I will pray the people know better and show them the door anyway.
  • MBTOMP 2010/09/09 03:17:41
    MBTOMP
    +1
    What is New York doing for these people. New York is the Nations largest and richest cities in America... They had plenty of warnings that the world towers would be taken down some day... by radical Islam. Did they have any plans for the likely crises made. NO now they want us to reinforce their pensions, etc.

    The only reason that I would agree with helping them is 9/11 was an act of war against USA. The only difference between Japan and the other NJs, Moslems, out there is that Japanese knew better than to try to build a buddist temple 2 blocks from Pearl Harbor. Even they had more human kindness than the muslim people.
  • MarinerFH 2010/09/09 03:04:34
  • Wilson MarinerFH 2010/09/09 10:15:13
    Wilson
    +3
    Yeah, years ago I heard that the families of the ones who died had passed above the million dollar mark in all the donations given.
  • MarinerFH Wilson 2010/09/09 18:36:42
  • fluer 2010/09/09 02:56:55
    fluer
    +1
    You know this makes me sick. These men and women worked their fingers to the bone to try to find remains of those lost and in the worst of conditions with heavy hearts and souls that were so hurting and they got sick. Having been there on 9-11 and smelled the air they had to breathe I can tell you they deserve at the very least medical care and some sort of disability payments why is this an issue at all? What the heck sort of amendments to the bill would stop anyone from voting for it? But then this is Congress they put stuff in bills that make people vote no when their heart would support a straight up bill. Sad isn't it!!!
  • Wilson fluer 2010/09/09 10:22:42
    Wilson
    +3
    Congress can't be trusted in this. And they'll get their billions to play with because no one will want to be seen as heartless to heroes. But how much will actually find it's way to the families?
    They do the same to get school funding...trot out the 'children'.
  • Sawdust_128 2010/09/09 02:48:03
  • Freedom Mom 2010/09/09 02:44:09
    Freedom Mom
    +4
    Why didn't they do that 9 years ago, some of the rescue workers have already died!
  • Cat Freedom... 2010/09/09 18:40:40
    Cat
    +2
    and some of the widows are MILLIONAIRES some are broke, some of the women still taking care of ill husbands are taking in washing to make ends met because it was so MISMANAGED
  • Freedom... Cat 2010/09/10 04:16:17
    Freedom Mom
    Thats very Sad! Cat.
  • Southern Man 2010/09/09 02:43:00
    Southern Man
    +7
    Just a little Late .............
  • No nonsense NanC...don't BS... 2010/09/09 02:40:10
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    +8
    This is political..........what 10 years after the fact. How many have already died?

    Shame on them.
  • Cat No nons... 2010/09/09 18:41:02
    Cat
    and some of the widows are MILLIONAIRES some are broke, some of the women still taking care of ill husbands are taking in washing to make ends met because it was so MISMANAGED
  • No nons... Cat 2010/09/09 19:23:28
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    +1
    But the fact that it is being pushed now is political..............think it would overcome
    the anger at those who support the 911 Victory Mosque supporters, which
    is a pet progect of the Left?
  • Cat No nons... 2010/09/09 19:27:30
    Cat
    +1
    no doubt!
  • JT For Political Reform 2010/09/09 02:39:50
    JT For Political Reform
    +8
    Where the hell were they the last 9 years?

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