In The News
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — There’s new hope that the law providing health benefits for first responders who grew ill after the Sept. 11 attacks will continue.
Congress is set to permanently fund the 9/11 health care bill known as the Zadroga Act -- a major win for emergency first responders. The vote this week will provide them with medical treatment for life. NY1 Washington bureau reporter Geoff Bennett was first to report the deal-making in the House and has the story.
In a major victory for ailing first responders, congressional negotiators included an $8.1 billion measure to renew the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package that was finalized and released Tuesday night, lawmakers said.
WASHINGTON — The World Trade Center Health Program would be renewed until 2090 under legislation to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
The legislation is part of a must-pass omnibus spending bill released early Wednesday morning. Congress is expected to pass the spending bill Friday.
WASHINGTON — The long, hard fight to reauthorize funds for 9/11 survivors is finally coming to an end.