Maloney statement on 13th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:
“Today marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on America. 9/11 is one of those singular events in our nation’s history – that is 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 in 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 vow comes with an obligation on the part of Congress to ensure that we as a country remember, honor and care for those who are now sick from exposure to that vast toxic soup they faced in their rescue and recovery work after September 11th.
“We must continue to provide the specialized medical monitoring and care these heroes receive through the World Trade Center Health Program, and continue to provide economic compensation for the terrible cost they have borne through the Victim Compensation Fund.
“Soon I will introduce with Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and Peter King the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act to extend these programs for 25 years. I hope that Congress will take up this important legislation and show that the heroes of 9/11 are not forgotten.”