Find out if your member of Congress is a co-sponsor of the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act (H.R. 4965/ S. 2683)

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Why you should know if your Member of Congress cosponsored the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act (S. 2683/H.R.4965)

In the coming years there will be a growing funding shortfall facing the World Trade Center Health Program starting in 2025. This means that injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors will face cutbacks in their medical treatment for their 9/11 conditions

This at a time when the number of people coming forward with illnesses and cancers related to their exposure to toxins at Ground Zero grows every day.  When nearly every other day, another 9/11 responder or survivor dies from a 9/11 related cancer. 

We cannot let that happen.

It will again require urging Members of Congress to truly remember 9/11.

As we had to in prior years, we will need to call on Congress to act!

In 2010, after years of delays and facing increasing pressure from 9/11 responders and survivors walking the halls of Congress, Washington finally acted and authorized medical treatment and monitoring as well as economic compensation to those injured at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and the Shanksville crash site for five years.

In 2015, again under pressure from injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors with overwhelming bipartisan support, Congress passed a new law that made the World Trade Center Health Program permanent so that injured responders and survivors can get the health care that they need. This law also extended the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for another 5 years.

In 2019, again under pressure from injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors with overwhelming bipartisan support, Congress passed the “The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” that dealt with the need to fully fund the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund and authorize it until 2090.

That successful effort needs to be replicated to make sure the World Trade Center Health Program is also fully funded for the life of those still suffering the impact of 911.

These are the facts today:

Nearly 60,000 who are in the World Trade Center Health Program are suffering from at least one certified 9/11 condition caused by toxins at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and the Shanksville crash site, while a large percentage have multiple conditions.

Chronic diseases like asthma, obstructive pulmonary disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and cancer continue to plague those who were exposed to the many toxins and carcinogens on 9/11 and in the weeks and months thereafter.

Over 21,000 of those enrolled in the Health Program have been certified with a 9/11 related cancer, with more being diagnosed every day. Thousands more who have been diagnosed with cancer are only now joining the health program, so these numbers will increase dramatically.

9/11 responders and survivors in the Health Program reside in all 50 states and in 434 out of 435 Congressional districts.

It has taken years of effort to get a handle on the size and scope of the health crisis facing so many.  The statistics and information we have now were not available in 2010 when the legislation was first passed, or in 2015 during the reauthorization.

Now that these facts have become known, and we have a better understanding of the number of people that are sick and dying from their 9/11 exposures, it is up to Congress to act.

Congress must provide the funds needed by the World Trade Center Health Program so that these devasting cuts can be reversed- cuts that are impacting the lives of thousands of injured and still suffering, as well as the families of those that have died.

Remember: it was the Federal government that said the air was safe to breathe.

It was also the Federal government that refused for years to take responsibility, to do the research and respond to the health crisis that is facing so many.

Given the information we now have on the scope of the health crisis and the funding shortfall the World Trade Center Health Program faces, it is our hope that Congress will in fact remember 9/11 by providing the needed funds and passing 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act (S.2683 /H.R.4965).

Here’s how the tool works so that you can call your member of Congress and urge them to join in this effort.

Type in your address above and we will look up your Members of Congress and tell you if they:

Are cosponsors of the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act (S.2683/ H.R. 4965).

If they were in Congress in 2015, whether they cosponsored the 2015 renewal.

If they were in Congress in 2019, whether they cosponsored the 2019 the “The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” that year.

The number of 9/11 responders and survivors they represent who participate in the WTC Health Program.

Most importantly, if they are not co-sponsors of the legislation to fully fund the World Trade Center Health Program 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act and we will tell you what they have said about 9/11 in the past so you can demand they live up to their own words.

We will also give you the phone number to their office in Washington, so you can call and thank them if they cosponsored the bill or let them know that you need them to help 9/11 responders and survivors if they have not.

Footnotes

(1) Footnote on cosponsoring of HR 4965 and S. 2683 in 2021 by Members of Congress. Whether a Member of Congress is a cosponsor of the legislation comes from the Library of Congress:

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(2) Footnote on cosponsoring of HR. 1327/ S. 546) in 2019 by of Members of Congress. Whether a Member of Congress was a cosponsor of the legislation comes from the Library of Congress:

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(3) Footnote on cosponsoring of HR. 1786/ S. 928) in 2015 by of Members of Congress. Whether a Member of Congress was a cosponsor of the legislation comes from the Library of Congress:

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(4) Footnote on statistics

Some of the statistics presented in the tool are in the form of a range — for example, “1 to 9.” This is because the data at low levels is purposefully “masked” by either the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund or the World Trade Center Health Program to prevent the possible identification of specific participants.

The statistics for the World Trade Center Health Program for States and Congressional districts are as of June 2021.

Last Modified: August 19, 2021