With the announcement by the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund that because of the lack of resources, they will be cutting pending claims of injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors by 50% and future claims by 70% the bi partisan legislation that 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) will be reintroducing “Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” is need now more than ever. It would fully fund the VCF, reverse any cuts would keep the VCF open past December 202 when it is scheduled to be shut down.
The legislation was introduced last year as S. 3591/ H.R. 7062 with a strong show of initial support gaining 22 bipartisan sponsors in the Senate and 94 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 when they reintroduce their legislation.
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.
Text of Legislation November 29, 2018
CRS Summary of Legislation December 19, 2018
Bill Summary December 14, 2018
Gillibrand, Gardner Senate Dear Colleague January 7, 2019
Maloney, Nadler, King House Dear Colleague January 9, 2019
CRS Summary of VCF Program November 28, 2018
Participation by State in WTC Health Program and VCF September 29th, 2018
VCF Participation by State August 2018
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
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.
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.
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.
11/19/2018 National Sheriffs’ Association
10/31/2018 Sergeants Benevolent Association