Congress passes aid package for 9/11 responders (what about the victims in surrounding areas that have been affected affected?)


WASHINGTON — Congress has passed a $4.2 billion aid package for survivors of the September 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and responders who develop illnesses because of breathing dust from the ruins.

The House passed the bill on a 206-60 vote Wednesday about two hours after the Senate cleared it. President Barack Obama has said he is eager to sign it.

The package provides money to monitor rescue and cleanup workers and treat illnesses related to Ground Zero. It also reopens a victims’ compensation fund for another five years to cover wage and other economic losses of sickened workers and nearby residents.

Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Ron Sachs – CNP
Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

New York members of Congress had sought $2 billion more. They accepted the smaller amount in exchange for GOP critics dropping their opposition.

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    Lucy1920

    12/22/2010 11:32 PM

    The taxpayers bailed out the airlines involved in 9/11 by paying off all the victims families and now we are bailing out the insurance comapanies and workmans compensation providers

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    Archie

    12/22/2010 10:36 PM

    What took the DEMOCRATS SO LONG TO PASS THIS BILL!!!!
    Even with a Majority in the House and Senate they can’t get it done.

    SHAME ON THEM!!!!!

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    Vulcan

    12/22/2010 8:30 PM

    Ah, lets not forget Christie Whitman in this sad story still to be played out. She stood up and said to the rescue workers………”it’s safe” go to work!

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    Ex New Yorker

    12/22/2010 7:01 PM

    *** POP QUIZ FOR BUZZ ***
    Question: Who not only introduced the bill, but coined it the “Zadroga Bill” by referring to James Zadroga during the Bill Signing Ceremony?

    Answer: None other than REPUG Governor George Pataki.

    Please do some homework buzz. Sometimes, you not only put your foot in your mouth, but you manage to shove the whole shoe store in there. Republicans were never against the bill, but rather, how it was being funded as it SHOULD ALREADY BE COVERED BY THEIR INSURANCE POLICIES OR WORKMAN’S COMP! Where have both Republicans AND Democrats been for the last decade in trying to resolve that dispute?

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    buzz

    12/22/2010 6:48 PM

    This coverage for 9/11 heroes of NEEDED, DESERVED, and LONG OVERDUE!!!!! SHAME on the 9/11-EXPLOITING Repugs and their hypocritical ilk for trying to block it at EVERY turn!!!!!

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    Ex New Yorker

    12/22/2010 6:27 PM

    BTW, I realize that the “spin” is taxpayers aren’t funding this, but rather foreign importers via closing some tax loopholes. In the end, those costs will never be borne by them, but instead, passed on to the American consumer. Hence, I hope the bill is amended in the future to somehow mitigate this in a fair and reasonable way.

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    Ex New Yorker

    12/22/2010 6:23 PM

    Stonefield, I totally agree that passing this bill was urgently required and I’m happy that the government stepped in to help these first responders. However, I don’t believe that the American Taxpayer should have to foot the bill in its entirety. Once the courts have settled the debate whether these ailments are work related or not, either the Insurance Companies or Workman’s Comp should reimburse the Taxpayers. Until then, they’re both getting a free ride on our dime, so to speak. In the end, if the Insurance Companies or Workman’s Comp doesn’t foot the entire medical costs, then of course, America should step in to cover the difference.
    mingdurga….. safety equipment was provided for the first responders. Many chose not to use them (i.e. respirators etc) as they felt it hindered efforts in their attempt to find survivors. Personally, I consider this an act of pure heroism, as they put the wellbeing of others before their own personal safety. Some may disagree and consider them culpable for not having used the safety equipment. But I’m not one of them.

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    mingdurga

    12/22/2010 5:36 PM

    Why wasn’t proper protection brought on site right away? What happens if there is another attack? Is safety equipment available now for all responders? If not, why?

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