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Continued Congressional inaction threatens critical health care and compensation for tens of thousands of 9/11 first responders and survivors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 –
-Nine U.S. Senators, 28 U.S. Reps. Cosponsored Zadroga Act Reauthorization in Last Week-
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…