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Legislation

On October 13, 2018 U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), and Peter T. King (R-NY-2) announced the introduction of their bi partisan Legislation S. 3591/ H.R. 7062 “Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” that would respond to any potential shortfalls in funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and which would permanently authorize the VCF. 

The legislation was introduced with a strong show of initial support with 18 bipartisan sponsors in the Senate and 39 in the House with members of Congress from across the country including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania. Rhode Island Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act want to thank the lead sponsors, Senators Gillibrand, Schumer, Gardner, and Representatives Maloney, Nadler and King along with all their cosponsors for their efforts on behalf of injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors to fully fund the VCF and to permanently authorize it. We look forward to working with them along with other advocates in the coming weeks and months.

Bill Summary of HR 7062/ S.3591

*Title: “Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act”. 

*Extends and funds the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) until 2090 the same as the World Trade Center Health Program. 

*Mandates that the Special Master make whole any determinations that were reduced due to lack of enough funding. 

*Allows the Special Master, if special circumstances warrant, discretion to provide increased cancer and non-cancer, non-economic awards. 

*Allows the Special Master to adjust awards based on inflation every 5 years.

Text of Legislation

List of House Co-sponsors  HR. 7062 
List of Senate Co-sponsors S. 3591 

Documents
Sponsors Joint Dear Colleague
 October 2, 2018

Participation by State in WTC Health Program and VCF September 29th, 2018

WTC Health Program Participation by State June 2018

WTC Health Program Participation by Congressional Districts June 2018

VCF Participation by State August 2018

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Coalition Organizations

Below are the Organizations that have joined to support and fight for sick and dying 9/11 Responders and Survivors. Your organization can join the coalition here.

AFSCME
Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York
Detectives’ Endowment Association, Inc.
District Council 37, AFSCME

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Editorial Support
To the rescue: The 9/11 compensation fund is running out of money

NY Daily News, October 9, 2018
As the steady toll of disease and death from exposure to the toxic air unleashed from the destruction of the World Trade Center grows, it has become sadly clear the billions set aside by Congress for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund in 2010 and 2015 will not be enough.

Always remember
Times Ledger, September 14, 2018
Tuesday marked the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and in Queens — as across the country — we marked the tragedy with somber tributes to remember those who lost their lives.

Editorial: As 9/11-related illnesses increase, don’t forget those victims
Journal Courier, September 13, 2018
The 17th anniversary commemorations of the Sept. 11 terror attacks are over, but there is a growing group of victims that can’t be forgotten.

As toll of 9/11-related illnesses rises, we can’t forget these victims
Bangor Daily News, September 13, 2018
The 17th anniversary commemorations of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are over, but there is a growing group of victims that can’t be forgotten.

Trump budget plan for World Trade Center health program threatens first responders
Journal News, April 12, 2018
Keep 9/11 program and longtime NIOSH partner together in the CDC

Change in 9/11 program could harm thousands
Newsday, February 21, 2018
Don’t fix what’s not broken.

Piling on 9/11’s heroes by messing around with the WTC Health Program
NY Daily News, February 21, 2018
It took years of struggle for the heroes who labored on the smoldering pile after 9/11 to shame Washington to take responsibility for the deteriorating health of those poisoned by the toxins unleashed when the WTC fell.

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Letters in Support

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Documents and Material on Bill to Permanently Reauthorize & Fund VCF 

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Revised 10/16/18