Archive of News (2010)
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Ever-hungry lawyers risk turning the great triumph on World Trade Center responder health care, passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, into a sharkfest. They can’t get away with it.
Charlie Giles had made his peace with death just before 10:30 a.m. on September 11, 2001. Giles, now 43 and a Barnegat resident, had raced to the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan to coordinate the rescue efforts of several private ambulance companies after American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into the North Tower.
The U.S. Senate office buildings seemed empty. A few doors remained open, with junior staffers manning the phones next to brightly decorated Christmas trees, but many offices were closed. In front of some, were piles of cardboard boxes as their former occupants made way for the newly elected Congress.
Did the bill pledging federal funds for the health care of 9/11 responders become law in the waning hours of the 111th Congress only because a comedian took it up as a personal cause?
Of all the people who pushed a Ground Zero health bill through Congress this week, one of the most important wasn’t a lawmaker but a profane, gum-chewing construction worker named John Feal. He only became involved because he was shut out of an earlier 9/11 compensation fund.
Jubilant lawmakers took a victory lap at Ground Zero on Thursday, hailing the dramatic passage of the 9/11 health law as significantly more than just another political win.
After years of delay and a dramatic 11th-hour compromise, Congress yesterday passed legislation to provide $4.3 billion in aid to 9/11 first responders who have been battling illnesses suffered after their service at Ground Zero in the months after the terror attacks.
Richard Skinner, a volunteer firefighter from Lacey Township, rushed to the site of the World Trade Center on 9/11 and was one of thousands who spent months at Ground Zero clearing debris.
The U.S. Congress passed legislation to help rescuers, cleanup crews and others who are suffering from ailments linked to the wreckage caused by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.
Passage of the 9/11 health care bill was thanks to the efforts of elected officials, labor leaders and emergency workers, who kept their promise to remember those who became ill or died after working at Ground Zero, speakers at a rally yesterday said.