Maloney Fights for 9/11 Rescuers

Aug 23, 2002
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Congressman Jack Quinn (R-NY), and several other bi-partisan Members of the New York Delegation, sent a letter to President Bush requesting a meeting to discuss the $90 million included in the emergency supplemental for Mt. Sinai to monitor the health of the workers at Ground Zero. This money was subsequently cut when the President made the decision to cut the entire $5 billion Senate Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill last week.

"Five or ten years from now New Yorkers and the rest of the country won't want to look back and know we had the opportunity in 2002 to preclude another Gulf War Syndrome or Agent Orange but did nothing about it, " said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney in a statement today.

She continued, "In the hours and days that followed the attack on America on September 11, thousands of brave men and women risked their lives to help rescue others at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. These workers and volunteers were exposed to a range of chemicals, toxins and other hazards, the short and long-term health effects of which should be of concern to all of us. Hundreds of rescue workers have already reported breathing difficulties, coughs and other ailments. Establishing "baseline" health status for these workers and volunteers now is critical to understanding the potential long term effects of exposure."

The letter can be viewed by going to: Download Related PDF

and signers to the letter include: Quinn, Rangel, Gilman, Serrano, Nadler, Hinchey, Owens, Israel, Walsh, Towns, McHugh, Engel, Lowey, Fossella, Grucci, McNulty, Velazquez, Weiner, Crowley, and Ackerman.

Background:

The Senate Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill included $90 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and specifically, the World Trade Center Worker and Volunteer Medical Monitoring Program at the Mt. Sinai Hospital, to provide for medical screening examinations and long and short-term medical follow-up of emergency services and rescue and recovery personnel exposed to environmental contaminants in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center in New York City. The $90 million was included in the final version of the conference report.