Obama Signs 9/11 Health Bill Into Law
Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (DQueens/ Manhattan) hailed President Barack Obama’s action in signing into law the 9/11 health and compensation plan, which will address the health crisis caused by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
“I was honored to sign the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to ensure that rescue and recovery workers, residents and students and others suffering from health consequences related to the World Trade Center disaster have access to the medical monitoring and treatment they need,” Obama said.
“We will never forget the selfless courage demonstrated by the firefighters, police officers and first responders who risked their lives to save others. I believe this is a critical step for those who continue to bear the physical scars of those attacks.”
“At long last, the president’s signature has ended our nine-year struggle to address the 9/11 health crisis,” Maloney, who was one of the original sponsors of the Zadroga Health and Compensation Act, said. It will provide a total of $4.3 billion in funding to provide health care for those exposed to toxins released by the collapse of the towers, Maloney said.
Congressmembers Jerrold Nadler (DManhattan) and Peter King (R-Nassau County), co-authors of the bill with Maloney, also thanked the president for signing the bill into law.
New York state’s representatives in the United States Senate, including Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who played key roles in getting Republican support for the legislation in their house, also thanked Obama.
“I commend President Obama for helping champion this effort and signing this bill,” Gillibrand said.
“Today’s victory is for the first responders, firefighters, police officers, every family and every volunteer who never gave up and made sure that Congress fulfilled its duty to the 9/11 heroes.”
Schumer’s statement said, “After a long, arduous path with several near defeats, this bill is finally law. These first responders were like veterans, and this law keeps with a time-honored American tradition of standing by our veterans when they get harmed answering the call.”
“In conclusion,” he said, “we will begin work immediately to make sure this law gets renewed for another five years.”