Senators Clinton and Schumer, Representatives Maloney and Nadler Welcome Approval of $50 Million for 9/11 Health Funding

May 25, 2007
Press Release
Washington, DC - Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer and Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler today welcomed approval in both chambers of Congress of $50 million for 9/11 health needs in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill. The funding secured by Senators Clinton and Schumer and Representatives Maloney and Nadler will be used to help meet New York's and the country's mounting 9/11 health needs. This funding will not only help in providing treatment to those affected in the New York metro area, but responders from all over the country who are suffering from 9/11 health related issues. The bill has been sent to the President to be signed into law.

"I am proud that we have secured $50 million to meet urgent and growing 9/11 health needs. This is a true testament to the dedication of the New York delegation and the leadership of the Appropriations Committees, who have stood with us every step of the way. This funding will enable 9/11 health programs to continue operating and to meet immediate health needs while we work toward securing the federal commitment and funding needed in the long term," Senator Clinton said.

"This critical funding is a huge step forward as we work hard to ensure effective treatment and monitoring for the thousands of people who worked tirelessly in the days following 9-11 and are now suffering from ill health effects," said Schumer. "I am proud to have worked together with the New York delegation to secure the funding to meet this urgent need and will continue to fight so that we can address these health problems in the long term."

This week's decision by the City's Medical Examiner is the clearest possible evidence that this money is needed, and needed badly," said Maloney. "If the toxins at Ground Zero could be responsible for the death of Felicia Dunn-Jones, who was trapped in the dust cloud for one day, think about the impact the toxins must have had on rescue and recovery workers who toiled at the site for months. These heroes need our help now. With this $50 million, the new Congress is continuing to deliver on our obligation to care for those who rushed to Ground Zero to help their country. The New York delegation, led by Senators Clinton and Schumer, worked incredibly hard to pass this critically important funding."

"The Democratic House and the Senate have taken an important step toward delivering desperately needed medical funding to the heroes and victims of 9/11. This is a great victory for those who were unnecessarily exposed to a horrifying mixture of environmental toxins emanating from Ground Zero," said Representative Nadler. "The money will provide critical immediate help for the key programs struggling to provide ongoing medical monitoring and treatment. However, in order to ensure that Federal government properly pays its debt, we will need to continue to fight for funding on every available front, and ultimately devise a long-term, comprehensive solution that is not subject to the vagaries of these annual budgeting battles."

Senators Clinton and Schumer, and Representatives Maloney and Nadler have succeeded in making sure New York maintains funding promised by the Administration in the aftermath of 9/11. Senators Clinton and Schumer worked with members of the New York Congressional delegation to successfully restore $125 million in emergency 9/11 recovery aid that President Bush proposed to take back in his FY06 budget. That funding was made available for worker's compensation claims and to address the ongoing medical and mental health needs of firefighters, police officers, first responders, building and construction trades workers, volunteers and others who worked at Ground Zero and Fresh Kills.

Senators Clinton and Schumer and Representatives Maloney and Nadler are working on all fronts to secure additional funding for the next fiscal year and to secure a federal commitment of funding to meet the long-term 9/11 health needs.