Maloney to Speak at 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Workshop, Call for Congress to Take Quick Action to Fully Fund and Permanently Renew the VCF
NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), author of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and its reauthorization, will address 9/11 survivors, first responders, and victims’ families tonight at a 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Workshop at the Icahn School of Medicine. The event is hosted by Mount Sinai, 9/11 Health Watch and the 9/11 World Trade Center Health Program. Maloney is currently sponsoring the Never Forget the Heroes Act (H.R. 7062), along with Congressmen Jerry Nadler (NY-10) and Peter King (NY-2), to fully fund and permanently reauthorize the VCF. The VCF is currently scheduled to expire at the end of 2020 and is facing a likely funding shortfall. Maloney was joined by VCF Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya and VCF staff experts.
Ahead of the event, the Congresswoman released the following statement.
“When we were attacked on 9/11, thousands of firefighters, police officers, federal and local law enforcement officers, medical workers, construction workers, and other heroes selflessly rushed to Ground Zero to help. They spent months digging through the pile, bravely searching for remains, and inhaling dangerous, toxic air the entire time they were there. Due to this exposure, thousands of people have gotten sick and many more are still being diagnosed. It is for these heroes that we created the VCF so that not a single person who so selflessly stepped up in the wake of such a horrific attack would ever be left out in the cold, unable to take care of medical bills, themselves, or their families; and for the residents and area workers who were urged to return to lower Manhattan and told the air was safe to breathe so that they too can get the help they need.
“Tonight’s workshop is an important tool for those who deserve the benefits of the VCF. I hope that it will help our heroes navigate the system and help us get the word out to all those who are covered under the program. The VCF can only work if people have the information they need.
“This program is absolutely vital, which is why I am working with Congressmen Jerry Nadler (NY-10) and Peter King (NY-2) and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to make the VCF permanent and make sure it has the funding it needs to pay out all claims. Our bill was introduced last week and it has strong bipartisan support.”