Weekly Update: Securing Support for Our 9/11 Heroes
I am so proud to say that the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act has passed the Senate and is now waiting for the President’s signature. As you know, this bill fully funds and makes permanent the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
On Tuesday, 97 Senators joined the 402 Members of the House in an overwhelming vote to pass this critical bill. We meant it when we vowed to Never Forget. The true Twin Towers of New York are the FDNY and the NYPD, and fully funding and permanently authorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is the least we can do to honor their sacrifices.
I was so proud to stand with heroes from the 9/11 community - firefighters, police officers, medical and construction workers, and volunteers who worked on the pile and the survivors who were sent back to work and school with a toxic cocktail in the air – after the Senate passed the bill and as Speaker Pelosi signed it to send to the President.
These heroes are the reason we passed the bill – because of their unending hard work and dedication to make sure that this fund will be there for everyone who needs it when they need it.
It is in that spirit, that today, I asked Mayor de Blasio to host a Canyon of Heroes parade to honor 9/11 responders and survivors.
I am happy that the 9/11 community and their families now have a greater sense of security that comes with permanently funding the Victim Compensation Fund.
As always, your concerns still and always will remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.
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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress