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9/11 first responders will be covered for cancer

Congress passed a law to help the first responders who spent days, weeks and months going through the rubble and helping the wounded and sick after the 9/11 attack. Unfortunately, the law didn’t go far enough. In my opinion, Congress should’ve written a blank check to these brave men and women who showed nothing but compassion for their fellow man.

From HuffPo:

On the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the federal government is expected to recognize a link between exposure to toxic dusts caused by the World Trade Center debris, and incidences of cancer in rescue workers and area residents. (more…)

By |2012-09-12T20:22:25-04:00September 11th, 2012|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on 9/11 first responders will be covered for cancer

A no brainer

How can you oppose giving medical care to volunteers who sucked up all of that dust and crap at Ground Zero? Government has no higher purpose than to take care of those who laid it on the line for our country and fellow citizens.

From Political Animal:

A bill that should have been one of the year’s most obvious no-brainers passed today, about three months later than it should have.

The Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act would pay health care costs for 9/11 rescue workers, sickened after exposure to the toxic smoke and debris. The legislation was fully paid for, financed by closing a tax loophole for American companies that try to hide their headquarters at P.O. box in the Caymans.

The GOP trashed the bill, calling the health care money a “slush fund.” In July, it needed a two-thirds majority to pass, and it came up short — nearly every Democrat voted for it, and nearly every Republican voted against it.

Today, the House tried again, and this time it passed.

The final vote was 268 to 160. Among the majority, 251 Democrats voted for it, while only three voted against it. On the other side of the aisle, 17 House Republicans voted for the bill, while 157 opposed it.

The bill calls for providing $3.2 billion over the next eight years to monitor and treat injuries stemming from exposure to toxic dust and debris at ground zero. New York City would have paid 10 percent of those health costs. The bill seeks to set aside $4.2 billion to reopen the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund to provide compensation for any job and economic losses.

In addition, the bill contains a provision that would have allowed money from the Victim Compensation Fund to be paid out to anyone who receives payment under the pending settlement stemming from lawsuits that 10,000 rescue and cleanup workers filed against the city.

By |2010-09-30T07:00:19-04:00September 30th, 2010|9-11, Congress|Comments Off on A no brainer
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