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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — New York lawmakers renewed their demands for Congress to fully extend health care coverage for 9/11 first responders.
The Zadroga Act provides medical screenings and treatment for responders exposed to toxic substances at Ground Zero.
As WCBS-880’s Stephanie Colombini reported, the long fight to get the act extended is still not over.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian Jon Stewart, firefighters, policemen and other 9/11 first responders confronted lawmakers Thursday as they pressured Congress to extend health care benefits before they run out.
Congressional leaders have reached a tentative deal to renew the Zadroga Act but limit 9/11 survivors’ economic benefits to another five years and $4.6 billion, sources close to the negotiations have told THE CHIEF-LEADER.
The renewal of the expiring Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act continued to move forward in Congress on Thursday but still faces the hurdle of reaching an agreement on how to cover its $7 billion cost, activists and lawmakers said.
WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — A day after undergoing chemotherapy, 9/11 first responder Robert Digiovanni stood angrily outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s office, railing about politics interfering with life-or-death issues.
WASHINGTON -- The American flag outside the office of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) in the Russell Senate Office Building was hanging a little off-kilter Wednesday morning.
A deal fell to renew health care programs for first responders to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack fell through this week, sending congressional negotiators scrambling to find a solution and members in both chambers and parties pointing fingers of blame.
A year-end push by congressional lawmakers to finish all outstanding business threatens to leave behind a multibillion-dollar bill that would extend health and compensation benefits for 9/11 first responders.
House negotiators are nearing an agreement on legislation extending compensation and health benefits to the victims of 9/11 and its aftermath.
The effort to reauthorize the James Zadroga Act has been set back by disagreements over the length of renewal and the question of how to pay the multi-billion dollar tab.