9/11 Health Bill Sponsors Eviscerate Mulvaney’s Doubling Down on Messing with World Trade Center Health Program
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Peter King’s (R-NY) request that the OMB abandon its proposal to change the structure of the World Trade Center Health Program, Director Mick Mulvaney doubled down on defending this move. The members, the sponsors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act which created the program, released the following statement in response to Director Mulvaney’s letter. You can view Director Mulvaney’s letter here.
“OMB Director Mick Mulvaney refuses to back down from his ill-advised plan to remove the federal agency that has overseen the World Trade Center Health Program since it was created in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Health care for thousands of 9/11 first responders and survivors would be severely disrupted if the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the experts who work there are no longer able to oversee the World Trade Center Health Program as the Congress organized it and just 3 years ago overwhelmingly reauthorized with bipartisan support. The 9/11 community strongly opposes this proposal and members of Congress from both parties have condemned it. Director Mulvaney should recognize the severe damage this proposal will cause to the men and women who rely on this program for critical health services, acknowledge his error, and move on to other things.”