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WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Congress on Friday sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan a trillion dollar spending bill to fund the government through next September, which includes an agreement to reauthorize the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
December 18, 2015, 12:33 pm
By Bradford Ricardson
A bill to provide healthcare benefits for the 9/11 first responders was included in the government-spending bill that passed Congress on Friday.
WASHINGTON — The first responders and politicians who fought to reauthorize the Zadroga Act for 9/11 survivors took a victory lap Wednesday after it was included in a piece of must-pass legislation.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Shortly after Sen. Charles Schumer confirmed late Tuesday night that Congress included an extension to the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in the huge omnibus bill expected to pass on Friday, he got on the phone with retired FDNY firefighter Ray Pfeifer.
Fourteen years after 9/11, the U.S. government at last redeems the national honor by committing to care for and compensate the rescue and recovery workers who paid with their health and their lives by serving at Ground Zero.
Emergency workers who responded to the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 will have their health coverage extended as part of a $1.1tn government spending bill passed by Congress on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON — The long, hard fight to reauthorize funds for 9/11 survivors is finally coming to an end.