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 impending budget shortfall facing the World Trade Center Health Program starting in 2025, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), and Andrew Garbarino (R-NY-2)  introduced in August 2021, the bipartisan legislation, “9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act” (HR.4965/S. 2683).  Its purpose is to ensure the adequate funding for the World Trade Center Health Program so it can continue to provide medical treatment and monitoring to injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors.

The WTCHP was created by Congress in 2010 and was reauthorized in 2015 to remain open until 2090 after years of efforts by 9/11 responders and survivors to get Washington to recognize the health impacts of the toxins at Ground Zero that were impacting thousands. However, in coming years, the World Trade Center Health Program will not have enough funds to provide all the care that is needed for those still suffering the physical and mental impact of 9/11. This includes the responders and survivors who will be newly diagnosed with 9/11-associated cancers caused by their toxic exposures in the coming years.

The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) currently provides medical treatment and monitoring for over 115,000 9/11 responders and survivors from the World Trade Center and lower Manhattan, the Pentagon, and the Shanksville crash site, who live in every State and 434 out of 435 Congressional Districts.

The legislation to fully fund the Health Program was introduced with an initial strong show of bipartisan support with 6 sponsors in the Senate and 40 in the House with members of Congress from across the country including, Connecticut, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia that continues to grow.

This is like the 2019 effort to pass the “The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” 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 again to make sure the World Trade Center Health Program is also fully funded for the life of those still suffering the impact of 911.

As the Nation recently observed the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, this impending budget shortfall needs to be fixed to ensure that the slogan that we will never forget 9/11 is a reality and that 9/11 responders and survivors will continue to the get care that they need and deserve.

In the Fall of 2021, Representatives Maloney and Nadler were joined by Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Frank Pallone (D-NJ), that has jurisdiction over the Health Program, In a successful effort to include in President Bidens Build Back Better Bill, the additional 2.86 Billion dollars in funding needed by the World Trade Center Health Program for the next ten years. The funding was contained in the Build Back Better Bill, HR 5376 Section 31067, that passed the House but does not appear to be moving in the Senate.

The failure of the Build Back Better Bill will mean that the original legislation, HR 4965/S2683 the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act will need to be passed to prevent cuts to medical treatment and services at the World Trade Center Health Program.

Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act want to thank the lead sponsors, Senators Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Charles Schumer(D-NY) , and Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) , Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) along with all their cosponsors for their efforts on behalf of injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors to fully fund the World Trade Center health Program We look forward to working with them along with other advocates in the coming years to continue to support the goals of the legislation so that remembering 9/11 should be more than a bumper sticker.

Please join us in making sure your representative in the House or the Senate is a co-sponsor of the bill. You can check if your member of Congress is on the bill by going to our “Take Action” page, type in your address and see if your Representative is on the bill.

Legislation Sponsors

List of House Co-sponsors (HR. 4965)

List of Senate Co-sponsors (S.2683)

Documents

Bill Text: 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act (HR 4965 / S 2683)

Maloney, Nadler Garbarino Dear Colleague July 26, 2021

Summary of 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act   August 8, 2021

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Statistics

WTC Health Program Membership by State July 2021

WTC Health Program Membership by Congressional District July 2021

VCF Participation by State December 2018

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Press Releases

November 19, 2021

Statement from Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act on House Passage of the “Build Back Better” Bill Which Includes Funding for the World Trade Center Health Program

Maloney, Nadler, Pallone, Schumer, Gillibrand fight to ensure health care for thousands of injured and 9/11 responders and survivors WASHINGTON, DC – Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act applauded the inclusion of funding needed to ensure health care for thousands of 9/11 responders and survivors in President Biden’s “Build Back Better” Bill that […]

November 1, 2021

Statement from Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act on the Inclusion in the “Build Back Better” Bill of Funding for the World Trade Center Health Program

Maloney, Nadler, Pallone, Schumer, Gillibrand ensure health care for thousands of injured and 9/11 responders and survivors WASHINGTON, DC – Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act applauded the inclusion of the funding needed to ensure health care for thousands of 9/11 responders and survivors in the Build Back Better Bill (HR 5376) […]

August 9, 2021

Statement from Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act on the introduction of the Bi-Partisan “9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act”

Maloney, Nadler, Garbarino, and Gillibrand, Schumer Introduce Legislation to Deal with the Impending Funding Shortfall Facing the World Trade Center Health Program. WASHINGTON, DC – Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act Inc. applauded the introduction of the “9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act,” which addresses the impending funding shortfall facing […]

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News Articles

Feb. 2, 2022The Chief-LeaderAs Build Back Better Bill Flounders, 9/11 Health Advocates Eye Plan B

President Biden’s $1.8 trillion Build Back Better agenda included almost $3 billion to fund the 9/11 WTC Health Program, which was scheduled to run out of funds by 2025.

Dec. 20, 2021 — NY Daily News — Failure to pass Build Back Better plan threatens 9/11 health care funding

The death sentence Joe Manchin declared for President Biden’s massive domestic policy bill is also threatening a key priority of New York lawmakers — plugging a nearly $3 billion gap in the 9/11 health program.

Aug. 6, 2021 — U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney — Maloney, Nadler, Garbarino, and Gillibrand Introduce the Bipartisan 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act

This legislation would address a funding shortfall in the WTCHP and ensure its adequate funding now and in the future.

Aug. 6, 2021 — New York Daily News — Ahead of Sept. 11 anniversary, Congress scrambles to fully fund World Trade Center Health Program

The needs of responders have proven to be even greater than anyone feared, and health care costs have also risen faster than predicted.

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Editorial Support

August 9, 2021 — New York Daily News — Helping survivors survive: Congress owes more to those stricken by 9/11-related health problems

The people who rushed to help downtown on that terrible September Tuesday and in the days, weeks and months to follow didn’t do so as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans.

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Letters in Support

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Legislation Page for 2019 Effort to Permanently Reauthorize & Fund VCF

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Last Modified: February 7, 2022