Rep. Maloney Statement on 16th Anniversary of 9/11
NEW YORK, NY—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), lead House sponsor of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, released the following statement in recognition of the 16th anniversary of 9/11.
“As we have done on every September 11 since 2001, today we come together to remember the lives taken in the most brutal attack on American soil and to honor and thank the first responders who risked, and gave, their lives serving on the front lines.
“We are reminded that even in our darkest hours, there is light. That light shows up in neighbor helping neighbor, in strangers lending a helping hand, in the way our entire country came together to support one another in the wake of such a horrible day.
“We all pledged to ‘Never Forget’ and I took that message to heart. There are thousands of men and women who have lost their lives since 9/11 or are suffering serious illnesses today from their exposure to Ground Zero. It is for these men and women that I, Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Peter King, along with hundreds of dedicated advocates and volunteers, worked to make sure Congress kept its word to those who were there for us on 9/11 by passing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. With its passage in December 2015, no one suffering from a 9/11-related disease will ever have to worry about whether they will get the specialized health care they need. With more than a dozen people each week still being diagnosed with a 9/11-related cancer, that certainty is more important ever.
“At a time when our nation feels more divided than ever, let us remember the power of what we can accomplish and the good we can do when we focus on our shared values rather than what drives us apart.”