Injured and ill 9/11 Responders and Survivors have allies in Congress, in local officials, and in celebrities who have been fighting for them.
Below are some of the Allies of Injured 9/11 Responders and Survivors who have spent their time and effort to get injured and ill 9/11 Responders and Survivors the health care and compensation that they need and deserve.
They have stood up for those injured by 9/11 when many in Washington turned their backs. They have taken action when those who talked about “Remember 9/11” decided to forget about 9/11 when it came time to help those injured.
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat representing New York’s 12th Congressional District, the east side of Manhattan, Astoria Queens and Greenpoint Brooklyn, led the fight for years to successfully pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. Her dedication to those sickened by toxins at Ground Zero began almost a decade before the Zadroga bill finally became law, in the months immediately following 9/11.
As the sponsor of the first legislation introduced in Congress that would respond to the health crisis facing 9/11 Responders and Survivors by providing health care and compensation for them, she has been in the trenches alongside Responders, Survivors, and unions, along with other members of the New York Congressional Delegation, through countless Congressional hearings and press conferences to bring to light the health emergency faced by so many. She continually pushed the Bush Administration to do right by those sickened in the aftermath of 9/11 when they refused to take action. After the Zadroga bill became law, she has been working tirelessly to ensure that the law is implemented fairly and true to the Congressional intent of helping those who served our country in the aftermath of 9/11.
Official website: Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CarolynMaloney
Work on 9/11 Health issues: http://maloney.house.gov/issues/911-recovery/911-health
Campaign website: http://carolynmaloney.com/
2308 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Congressman Jerrold Nadler
Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Democrat from New York’s 10th Congressional District which includes lower Manhattan and the West Side and parts of Brooklyn, including the site of the World Trade Center, was the leading advocate for 9/11 Survivors, the residents, students and area workers who lived and worked near the World Trade Center in 2001. He was the first to push for federal investigation into the toxic air at Ground Zero, and his insistence led to investigations by the EPA inspector General of the Bush Administration, leading to pronouncements that the “the air is safe to breathe.” Tragically, we now know how wrong the Bush Administration was.
Congressman Nadler was one of the three original cosponsors of the original bill that would become signed into law as the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, and was critical to its eventual passage.
Official website: http://nadler.house.gov/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JerryNadler
Campaign website: http://nadler.house.gov/
2110 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Congressman Peter King
Congressman Peter King, Republican of New York’s 2nd District, which includes portions of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the Townships of Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Babylon and Islip, led the fight from the Republican side of the aisle, even when many of his fellow Republicans opposed the legislation and repeatedly tried to stop the bill in the House. A unflinching supporter of the 9/11 Responders and rescue workers, King worked to ensure the bill had some bipartisan support by educating his Republican colleagues and pressing for their support. When the House-passed bill went to the Senate, Republican senators circulated a memo attacking the bill. King stepped in to respond to the attack from his fellow Republicans in the Senate, laying important groundwork to break the Republican filibuster and agree that a compromise bill be passed.
Official website: http://peteking.house.gov/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/reppeteking
Campaign website: http://www.peteking.com/HOME/tabid/37/Default.aspx
339 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York was the lead sponsor of the Zadroga bill in the Senate and led the fight to successfully break the Republican filibuster of the legislation and pass the bill in the Senate that was ultimately signed into law by President Obama. Just days after the House passage, Gillibrand succeeded in getting the Zadroga bill directly on the Senate legislative calendar, expediting its consideration by the whole Senate in order to insure the bill could be passed before the end of the session. While the first attempt at passage was blocked by a Republican filibuster, Senator Gillibrand fought on, negotiating the bill that would become a “Christmas miracle,” passed by the Senate just three days before Christmas.
Official website: http://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KirstenGillibrand
Campaign website: http://www.kirstengillibrand.com/
478 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat, the senior Senator from New York and member of the Senate Democratic Leadership, was an indispensable ally in negotiating the bill that would eventually pass the Senate and become law. Without his behind-the-scenes leadership, the bill would not be law today.
Official website: http://www.schumer.senate.gov/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chuckschumer
Campaign website: http://www.chuckschumer.com/
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Then New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was instrumental in obtaining $21 billion for New York City in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, working alongside New York’s Senior Senator Charles Schumer. Clinton also took a leading role in investigating the health issues faced by 9/11 first responders, ultimately winning the first federal appropriations for medical monitoring of 9/11 Responders. This funding laid the groundwork for future appropriations and the expanded Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program to come. Without Clinton’s early efforts on behalf of 9/11 Responders, the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act as we know it may not have been possible.
Jon Stewart, the host of the Daily Show on the Comedy Central Network provided an indispensable spotlight on the need to pass the 9/11 Health and Compensation legislation with several shows that highlighted the issue. The New York Times called him a modern day Edward R Murrow.