9/11 Health Bill Sponsors Reps. Maloney, Nadler and King Respond to Cuts to Victim Compensation Fund Awards
Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Peter King (R-NY), sponsors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, released the following statement following the announcement that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund will need to make severe cuts to compensation awards due to a budget shortfall.
“This is devastating news to the thousands of sick and injured 9/11 responders and survivors who were promised, and have been counting on, being fully compensated for the losses they have suffered. On the first day that Congress is next in session, we will be introducing bipartisan legislation, the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act that would fix this problem. Our bill would restore any cuts to awards, ensure that future eligible recipients are fully compensated, and make the VCF program permanent.
“We are calling on all Members of Congress to join us in this effort. Sick and injured 9/11 responders shouldn’t have to come begging for us to do our jobs. They’ve done that too many times before. Let’s make this time different and quickly pass this bipartisan legislation.”