Legislation

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.

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%, 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)  have introduced the bipartisan legislation “Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” HR.1327/ S.546.  It would fully fund the VCF, reverse any cuts would keep the VCF open past December 2020 when it is scheduled to be shut down.

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%, 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)  have introduced the bipartisan legislation “Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” HR.1327/ S.546.  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 with a strong show of initial support with 22 bipartisan sponsors in the Senate and 93 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 as we build support for the legislation. Remembering 9/11 should be more than a bumper sticker.

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 Legislation

  • Title: “Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” HR.1327/ S.546. 
  • 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 HR. 1327/ S 546

Legislation Sponsors

List of House Co-sponsors HR. 1327
List of Senate Co-sponsors S. 546

Documents

House of Representatives Roll Call 474 ( 403-12)   July 12, 2019

CRS Memos

CRS Summary of Legislation March 6, 2019

CRS Summary of VCF Program November 28, 2018

The CRS Summary of VCF Program July 10, 2019

CBO

Cost Estimate for HR 1327 July 11, 2019

Dear Colleagues

Gillibrand, Gardner Senate Dear Colleague January 7, 2019

Maloney Nadler King House Dear Colleague on HR. 1327  March 4, 2019

Maloney Nadler King Dear Colleague on HR 1327 April 18t, 2019

Statistics

Participation by State in WTC Health Program and VCF June 1, 2019

WTC Health Program Participation by State June 2019

WTC Health Program Participation by Congressional Districts June 2019

WTC Health Program Participation by Congressional District Nationwide Map  June 2019

WTC Health Program Participation by Congressional District NY Map  June 2019

WTC Health Program Participation by Congressional District NY, NJ, CT, PA Map  June 2019

VCF Participation by State December 2018

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Press Releases

July 24, 2019

Statement from Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act, Inc. on Senate Passage of Never Forget the Heroes Act

Today’s passage of the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act in the US Senate is 18 years of hard work, determination and courage in the making by responders, survivors and their supporters who walked the halls of Congress to get […]

July 18, 2019

Statement by Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act on Senators Lee and Paul Blocking Passage of the Never Forget the Heroes Act

Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) with the support of Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), attempted to bring to the Senate floor the permanent extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Two Senators blocked the bill even though the legislation had the overwhelming bipartisan support of 73 Senators and passed the House […]

July 15, 2019

Bill Passes House: Statement from Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act on the Passage of HR 1327 — “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” by an overwhelming 402 to 12 vote.

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act want to thank Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Peter King and all the 402 members of the House that voted for the legislation in such an overwhelming bi partisan vote. The Senate must take this bill up before the August recess as Senate Majority Leader […]

July 11, 2019

Statement from Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act on the Scheduling of a Vote on HR 1327 — “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act”

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act want to thank Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Peter King and the other over 300 sponsors of the legislation in the House for working to bring the bill to the floor for a vote this Friday July 12th. This is another step on the path […]

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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

September 23, 2019 NY Daily News One last rescue: The House of Representatives does the right thing for 9/11 responders, and the Senate must follow suit

The House of Representatives has acted with bipartisan compassion in allowing all sick first responders whose bodies were damaged by their selfless service at the World Trade Center to get promised aid from the federally funded World Trade Center Health Program.

September 11, 2019 Daily Press Lawmakers must protect Sept. 11 first responders

Before the sun set on Sept. 11, 2001, this nation vowed to never allow the memories of that day’s terrorist attacks to dissipate from our collective conscious.

September 8, 2019 NY Daily News Another 9/11 rescue: Congress’ job is not done yet

In July, the Republican Senate, the Democratic House and President Trump nobly stood up for the financial needs of ailing heroes and victims of the World Trade Center attack.

July 30, 2019 am NY National compassion for 9/11 first responders

Each claim represents a story, a family and a reverberation from the attacks.

July 29, 2019 NY Daily News Help for the heroes: President Trump finishes the job for 9/11 heroes and victims

It is done: At 10:25 Monday morning in the Rose Garden, President Trump signed the bill, then handed the thick felt pen to tireless 9/11 advocate John Feal.

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Letters in Support

7/23/2019 LIUNA

7/23/2019 AFSCME

7/23/2019 Sergeants Benevolent Association

7/23/2019 National Association of Police Officers

7/23/2019 Major County Sheriffs Association

7/23/2019 Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

7/22/2019 AFL-CIO

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Documents and Material on Bill to Permanently Reauthorize & Fund VCF

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Revised 10/1/19