After September 11
9/11 is one of those singular events in our nation’s history – seared forever into our collective memory by the shared pain of unbearable sorrow. It is a loss that leaves such an indelible mark – we knew the instant that it happened that we would all be changed forever.
After 9/11, we said that we would ‘never forget.’ Not someday forget – not eventually forget – we vowed we would never forget.
That is why Congressmen Jerry Nadler and Peter King and Senators Gillibrand and Schumer and I introduced new legislation to extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation Act for another 25 years.
Last week we announced this new effort during a press conference at Ground Zero. Please read on to learn more about the need to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney
Watch the Press Conference
On Monday I joined with many of the federal bipartisan lawmakers who led the fight in Congress to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Rep. Peter King, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and I gathered together at Ground Zero along with Mayor Bill de Blasio, 9/11 first responders, community survivors and union leaders to begin our push to reauthorize the critically needed programs originally passed in December 2010. You can watch a video of the entire press conference on YouTube or get the story from the New York Daily News or NY1.
Read our column in the Hill Newspaper
With Americans in 431 of 435 congressional districts now participating in the 9/11 health program, every member of Congress has a stake in seeing the Zadroga Act extended. Congressmen Nadler and King joined me in writing an opinion column for the Hill newspaper in Washington to encourage our colleages to join this effort. Read the column here.
Read the NY Daily News and NY Observer editorials
The Daily News editorialized in support of our effort to extend the Zadroga Act: "As the dead are remembered, so too must be the living by an American government that can ease suffering, extend lives and save them if at all possible." Read the full editorial here.
The New York Observer also lent their support for the legislation. Read the editorial, "Caring for Heroes" here.
I have never seen New York and Congress so united and determined as we were after 9/11. We came together and passed incredibly important legislation that made this country safer and stronger. Along with many of my colleagues, I reflected on the events of September 11, 2001 in an interview with the Hill Newspaper.
New items on display at the 9/11 Memorial Museum
Earlier this year the 9/11 Memorial Museum opened to the public, and this week the museum began displaying a few new items related to the raid on the Bin Laden compound in Pakistan. I was proud to have facilitated the transfer of a shirt worn by one of the U.S. Navy Seals during the raid. Other items include a brick from the compound and a coin supplied by an informant. You can read more about the items by clicking here.