Dem lawmaker wears firefighter jacket at Met Gala to tout support for 9/11 bill
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) wore a firefighter jacket to the Met Gala on Monday night in a bid to bring more attention to legislation that would fully compensate the victims of the 9/11 attack and their families.
Maloney arrived at the gala donning a bright yellow dress and a striped black and yellow New York City Fire Department (FDNY) jacket, featuring her name and the name of the department.
“It’s fashion with a purpose,” she told New York Post's PageSix. “I’m not Versace, I’m not Gucci, I’m FDNY. The fire department is the best designer in the world, worn by more people than any other designer in the city of New York.”
According to Roll Call, Maloney vowed to wear a firefighter’s jacket back in February until her colleagues passed legislation that would fully compensate the victims of the 9/11 attack and their families. At the time, she reportedly said: “I do not intend to take it off until we pass this bill.”
Though the congresswoman has not worn a firefighter’s jacket every day Congress has been in session since making the announcement, as some understood her to be, she has been seen wearing one at public events, according to Roll Call.
“Wearing this coat around Congress and to public events is a visual reminder of the promise we made to our 9/11 heroes — responders and survivors,” she told the newspaper in February.
“It is certainly a conversation starter and helped me spread awareness about the need to pass the 9/11 James Zadroga Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act,” she continued. “I’m hopeful it will do the same for the Never Forget the Heroes Act and be a reminder to my colleagues in the House about our duty to these heroes.”
Last month, Maloney’s office said in a release that the 9/11 bill she is backing, also called the “Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” has the support of over half of the Democratic-controlled House.
"226 total members of the House now are now cosponsoring the bill," her office said.
Her office said the bipartisan bill seeks to "ensure that all 9/11 first responders and survivors who have been injured by the toxins at Ground Zero and have certified 9/11 illnesses would receive their full compensation through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) now and into the future as more become ill with 9/11-related diseases."