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On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 I was driving into New York City for work. In truth, most Americans remember where they were that dark day. But judging from the federal government’s unacceptable delay in reauthorizing the Zadroga Act, some members of Congress seem to have forgotten.
The first responders and survivors of the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, share a common bond.
WASHINGTON -- Congress is finally responding.
Over 14 years after terrorists hijacked planes to strike the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, lawmakers on Capitol Hill cut a deal Tuesday to provide effectively permanent health care for the thousands of Americans who are now sick and dying because they came forward to help that day.
After tirelessly lobbying Congress since late summer, the first responders who spent months working at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, are set to finally receive lifetime medical care for the illnesses attributable to their time on "the pile."
John Feal is a tired man.
The 49-year-old Long Islander has made 22 trips to Washington in the past 11 months, leading groups of fellow construction workers and 9/11 responders to plead with members of Congress and staff to renew $8 billion in aid for those who fell sick after working at Ground Zero.
The poor treatment of 9/11 first responders started before the toxic dust had settled, with federal officials declaring the air safe to breathe and the mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, putting progress with the cleanup ahead of worker safety.
No one in charge insisted the job get done right, just that it get done.
In the aftermath of 9/11, then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was often referred to as “America’s mayor.” So you might call the police and firefighters who courageously rushed to the scene that day “America’s first responders.”
Mr. Giuliani still enjoys his title on occasion. If only the nation’s memory of all the frontline heroes of that day was so enduring.
Calling it the “ultimate irony,” New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton lobbied Congress for 9/11 first responders’ health benefits as lawmakers held hearings on terrorism. A deal is promised, but advocates ask only for action.
WASHINGTON -- Just when it looked like a new 9/11 health and compensation law was on the brink of being finalized -- and after House Speaker Paul Ryan threw his support behind it -- sources told The Huffington Post troubling last-minutes snags were emerging.
WASHINGTON — Congress has made significant progress toward passing a renewal of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, New York lawmakers said Thursday, but they were quick to counsel caution by quoting Yogi Berra: “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”