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On the Inclusion of the Reauthorization of the World Trade Center Health Program and the Extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund in the Omnibus

Press Release | December 15, 2015

World Trade Center Health Program to continue to provide medical monitoring and treatment for injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors; September 11th Victim Compensation Fund extended for five more years with increased funding.


“TIME IS RUNNING OUT”: 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS AND SURVIVORS CALL ON CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS TO EXTEND AND FULLY FUND THE ZADROGA ACT BY YEAR’S END

Press Release | December 3, 2015

Continued Congressional inaction threatens critical health care and compensation for tens of thousands of 9/11 first responders and survivors


9/11 Advocates Respond to Virginia Congressman’s Shameful Attempt to Shortchange 9/11 Heroes

Press Release | October 30, 2015

The unfortunate result of this legislation would be accepting a huge cut to aid for sick and dying heroes that is shameful, even by Washington standards. Perhaps even more amazing, Congressman Goodlatte has long refused to hold a hearing on the issue – yet his bill somehow divines exactly how much aid disabled 9/11 responders need to care for themselves and their families.


Help Create a Social Media “Thunderclap” for 9/11 Responders and Survivors!

Press Release | October 21, 2015

Today, Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act and 9/11 first responder and advocate John Feal announced a new social media campaign in partnership with Thunderclap to urge extending health care and compensation programs for injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors that will end next year unless Congress acts.


Pres. Candidates on Sept. 11th: “Never Forget” 9/11 Heroes. Pres. Candidates on Sept. 12th: “Who?”

Press Release | October 11, 2015

What do Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, and Jim Webb have in common? They are all candidates for President; on the most recent anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, they all said that they’d never forget 9/11; yet all of them are ignoring pleas for help from 9/11 first responders and survivors.


As 9/11 Aid Programs Start to Expire, What Comes Next?

Press Release | September 30, 2015

Tonight, the clock begins ticking toward the shutdown next year of the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). These programs provide health care for those who are injured or ill because of the 9/11 attacks, as well as compensation for those injured as a result of exposure to the toxins at Ground Zero.


Jon Stewart Spurs Growing Support for 9/11 Responders

Press Release | September 17, 2015

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act and 9/11 advocate John Feal are applauding significant new support in Congress for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act following Jon Stewart’s visit to Capitol Hill yesterday. The legislation would reauthorize health care and compensation programs, due to expire next year, for sick, injured, and dying 9/11 first responders and survivors.


*NEW RALLY LOCATION* OVER ONE HUNDRED 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS WITH SPECIAL GUEST JON STEWART TO ARRIVE ON CAPITOL HILL, WALK THE HALLS OF CONGRESS YET AGAIN TO LOBBY FOR PERMANENT EXTENSION OF THE SOON TO EXPIRE 9/11 HEALTH CARE & COMPENSATION PROGRAMS THEY RELY ON

Press Release | September 16, 2015

The Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act, tireless 9/11 advocate John Feal and over 100 hundred first responders will be joined by special guest Jon Stewart on Capitol Hill TODAY, Wednesday, September 16, 2015 for a lobbying day aimed at permanently extending and fully funding the bipartisan James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act.


TOMORROW: OVER ONE HUNDRED 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS WITH SPECIAL GUEST JON STEWART TO ARRIVE ON CAPITOL HILL, WALK THE HALLS OF CONGRESS YET AGAIN TO LOBBY FOR PERMANENT EXTENSION OF THE SOON TO EXPIRE 9/11 HEALTH CARE & COMPENSATION PROGRAMS THEY RELY ON

Press Release | September 15, 2015

Sick Responders, Survivors & Stewart to Hold 10am Kick-off Rally in House Cannon Triangle Before Fanning Out To Lobby on Both Sides of the Hill, Media Availability at 1:30pm in Senate Visitors Center Room 201 As Host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart Played A Key Role in Passage of the Original Zadroga Bill in 2010 by Devoting An Entire Show to the Plight of Our First Responders – Participants in 9/11 Health Program Living in All 50 States and 429 of 435 Congressional Districts –


New Momentum for 9/11 Aid Bill

Press Release | September 13, 2015

-Nine U.S. Senators, 28 U.S. Reps. Cosponsored Zadroga Act Reauthorization in Last Week-


Please Remember All the Victims of 9/11

Press Release | September 11, 2015

On the 14th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act released the following statement…


New Stats Show 9/11 Victim Comp. Fund Has Expended Over 50% of Funding With Thousands of Claims Still Pending

Press Release | September 9, 2015

Today, September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Special Master Sheila Birnbaum announced that the Fund has issued compensation awards totaling $1.443 billion -more than 50% of the VCF’s $2.7 billion in federal funding- to 6,285 ailing 9/11 responders. A total of 12,150 Americans have been deemed eligible for compensation, with another 2,468 claims under review.


MR. STEWART GOES TO WASHINGTON….CITIZENS FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE JAMES ZADROGA ACT & 9/11 RESPONDER/ADVOCATE JOHN FEAL ANNOUNCE JON STEWART TO JOIN OVER ONE HUNDRED 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS ON SEPT. 16TH AS THEY WALK THE HALLS OF CONGRESS YET AGAIN TO LOBBY FOR CONTINUATION OF THE 9/11 HEALTH CARE & COMPENSATION PROGRAMS THEY DESPERATELY NEED AND DESERVE

Press Release | September 8, 2015

9/11 Bill Passed in 2010 After Almost Decade Long Fight Is Set to Expire This Year – Sick & Dying First Responders Have Made Repeated Trips to Washington This Year in Push For Permanent Extension of James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act


On 9/11, Which Presidential Candidates Are All Talk and No Action?

Press Release | September 6, 2015

Most of the major presidential candidates have pledged to “never forget 9/11” and praised the heroism of 9/11 first responders – and all will do so on the fourteenth anniversary of 9/11 later this week. However, only a handful of the candidates are matching their words of praise with a commitment to help those who are still suffering because of the attacks.


Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act Statement on the Release of Statistics from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Press Release | July 20, 2015

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act applaud Jon Stewart and Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) for highlighting the need to reauthorize and make permanent the programs that are helping injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors on the Daily Show last night.


Jon Stewart and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand applauded for Highlighting the Effort to Make the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Permanent

Press Release | July 2, 2015

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act applaud Jon Stewart and Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) for highlighting the need to reauthorize and make permanent the programs that are helping injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors on the Daily Show last night.


Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act Announce Innovative Take Action Effort with New Web Tool

Press Release | July 2, 2015

Injured and Ill 9/11 Responders, Survivors and their Supporters Can Now Compare their Congresspersons’ Rhetoric with their Actions


Senator Gillibrand to Appear on Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Effort to pass 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization

Press Release | July 1, 2015

Tonight on The Daily Show, Comedy Central at 11 P.M. EST, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senate sponsor of the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act” (S.928/HR.1786) will be Jon Stewart’s guest and will be discussing the Senator’s effort to reauthorize and fully fund the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.


Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act Hail Chairman Upton’s and Subcommittee Chairman Pitts’s Commitment to Reauthorize WTC Health Program

Press Release | June 12, 2015

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act hailed House Energy and Commerce Chairman Upton (R- MI) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Pitts (R-PA) on their commitment to reauthorize the World Trade Center Health Program.


Advocates for Injured and Ill 9/11 Responders and Survivors Applaud Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing on Zadroga Reauthorization

Press Release | June 10, 2015

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act applauds House Energy and Commerce Chairman Upton (R MI), Health Subcommittee Chair Pitts (R PA), and Ranking Members Pallone (D NJ) and Green (D TX) for kickstarting the process to reauthorize programs providing critical care and compensation to 9/11 responders and survivors by holding a Legislative Hearing on HR 1786, the bi partisan, “The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act.”


Nurses Ask Washington to Save Cancer Treatment for the 9/11 Heroes They Care For

Press Release | June 10, 2015

Zadroga 9/11 Health Act to Expire Unless Congress Takes Action


Statement from Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act on Speaker Boehner’s reported opposition to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act

Press Release | May 3, 2015

After Speaker Boehner’s visit to the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum to pay his respects to the victims of the attacks, the Speaker would have been wise to have also met with 9/11 responders, survivors, and their families.


Advocates Applaud Bipartisan Push to Renew Zadroga 9/11 Health Law

Press Release | April 14, 2015

Advocates for sick and dying 9/11 first responders and survivors praised a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives who introduced legislation today to renew the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.


As 9/11 Compensation Awards Top $1 Billion, Advocates Urge Congress to Reauthorize Bill to Help 9/11 Responders and Survivors

Press Release | April 8, 2015

Today, September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Special Master Sheila Birnbaum announced that the Fund has issued compensation awards in excess of $1 billion to ailing 9/11 responders and survivors. Ms. Birnbaum also released updated statistics on the Fund’s progress to date.


Statement on Amendment to Senate Budget by Senators Gillibrand and Ayotte

Press Release | March 27, 2015

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act applauds Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) for working together and taking the first step in the process of renewing and extending the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act


Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act

Press Release | January 2, 2015

Four years ago, the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was signed into law.

Today, the fight to renew it begins.