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Residents at 125 Cedar St., whose windows are across the street from Ground Zero, continue to clean up their lofts six months after the terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center

Residents at 125 Cedar St., whose windows are across the street from Ground Zero, continue to clean up their lofts six months after the terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center. They are wearing respirators to prevent contamination from debris and air pollution. The view from their windows show more dust and smoke rising from the ground as workers attempt to recover bodies and remove debris. 21 March 2002, NYC.

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.

Help us pass this legislation. Check if your Member of Congress and Senators have cosponsored the bill, and if not, call them and urge them to join.

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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

Text of Legislation November 29, 2018

Bill Summary November 19, 2018

Sponsors Joint Dear Colleague October 2, 2018

CRS Summary of VCF Program November 28, 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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Press Releases

Momentum Grows for 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Reauthorization, Sponsors Announce 100 Bipartisan Co-Sponsors in House and Senate
Carolyn B. Maloney, October 29, 2018
Bill to Permanently Reauthorize and Fund 9/11 VCF Gains Strong Bipartisan Support Less Than Three Weeks After Being Introduced

With 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Set To Expire In 2020, Senators Schumer, Gillibrand & U.S. Reps Maloney, Nadler, & King Urge Congress To Stand Up For 9/11 Heroes; Cosponsor Upcoming Legislation To Permanently Reauthorize And Fund VCF
Kirsten Gillibrand, October 2, 2018
Our 9/11 Heroes Answered The Call When We Were Attacked, & Now Congress Needs To Extend The Program To Support Them & Their Families, Permanently

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 the 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.

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Letters in Support

11/19/2018 National Sheriffs’ Association

11/6/2018 National Association of Police Organizations

10/31/2018 Sergeants Benevolent Association

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Documents and Material on Bill to Permanently Reauthorize & Fund VCF 

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Revised 10/31/18