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

February 25, 2019 — Carolyn B. Maloney — 9/11 Responders & Survivors, Jon Stewart Join Members of Congress to Unveil the Bipartisan Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act and Call for Swift Passage 
Reps. Maloney, Nadler, King and Sens. Gillibrand, Gardner, Schumer announce bipartisan legislation to fully fund and permanently reauthorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and prevent announced cuts to compensation awards.

October 2, 2018  —  Kirsten Gillibrand  — 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
Our 9/11 Heroes Answered The Call When We Were Attacked, & Now Congress Needs To Extend The Program To Support Them & Their Families, Permanently

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

March 1, 2019 NY Daily News Duty vs. dereliction: Tom Cotton does the right thing for 9/11 heroes; Mark Meadows gives voice to selfishness
As urgency builds to make permanent and fully fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, callow and courageous lawmakers are making their positions known.

February 28, 2019 Post Star – Glens Falls, New YorkEditorial: 9/11 first responders deserve our full support 
Jon Stewart has been an advocate and truth-teller for the Sept. 11 first responders who are suffering from cancer and respiratory ailments from inhaling toxic dust at Ground Zero.

February 28, 2019 NY Times Give Sept. 11 Survivors the Help They Deserve 
A fund to aid the thousands sickened from the toxic dust of the World Trade Center attack is running out of money

February 25, 2019 NY Daily News An American duty: The bipartisan commitment to add money to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and make it permanent must succeed
Cory Gardner was just out of law school in Colorado, 1,700 miles away, when terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center on 9/11.

February 23, 2019 SILive — What’s mere money when 9/11 heroes gave their lives and their health? (commentary)
This is what we mean when we say “never forget.”

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Letters in Support

04/26/2019 Congressional Fire Services Institute, National Advisory Committee

04/2/2019 Las Vegas Metropolitan Managers & Supervisors Association

04/1/2019 Detroit Police Officers Association

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Documents and Material on Bill to Permanently Reauthorize & Fund VCF

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Revised 6/5/19