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Rubio Stands With 9/11 First Responders, Backs 9/11 Health And Compensation Bill

Nov 18, 2015 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has announced his support and co-sponsorship of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, a bill to permanently extend and fully fund the 9/11 health and compensation programs. In a blog post, Rubio wrote:
 
“As someone with several first responders in my family, I value the work they do across the country each day. Our nation especially owes a debt of gratitude to the heroes and volunteers who served our fellow citizens during and after the September 11th attacks.
 
“Programs designed to meet the unique health needs of those Americans should be renewed, and those who rely on them should not face uncertainty and continued anxiety over their future. To help achieve these goals, today I co-sponsored S. 928, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act.
 
“I continue to believe that we should prioritize our 9/11 first responders’ needs above other things that the federal government is spending money on – and in many cases, wasting money on. While I am co-sponsoring this bill, Congress should nonetheless find appropriate ways to pay for this reauthorization and ensure a sustainable long-term solution.
 
“Congress must keep faith with the heroes and victims of 9/11, while also making sure our federal government is living within its means and protecting taxpayers. As we continue working on this issue, I hope we can improve this legislation or reach an agreement that meets both these goals.”
 
Background:
 
Created in 2010, the World Trade Center Health Program provides treatment and medical care to 33,000 first responders and survivors suffering from at least one 9/11-related illness or injury. More than 72,000 first responders and survivors receive medical monitoring to screen for cancers and other diseases observed in the 9/11 population. Participants in the World Trade Center Health Program live in all 50 states, and in 433 of the 435 Congressional Districts. The program expired on September 30th, putting these services in jeopardy.
 
Another program established as a part of the Zadroga Act, the Victims Compensation Fund, expires in October 2016. The Fund provides financial aid to responders, survivors, and families who have suffered economic losses as a result of 9/11-related injuries.