Archive of News (2010)

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Senate vows to get necessary Zadroga Bill votes to pass legislation despite roadblocks

Senate leaders think they have enough support to break a GOP filibuster of the Zadroga 9/11 health bill – and vowed to start voting Wendesday. Continue reading

“I’ve Been to 44 Funerals in the Last 4 1/2 Years”–9/11 First Responder John Feal Calls on Senate to Pass Zadroga Bill

More than nine years after the September 11th attacks, the Senate may be on the verge of finally voting on legislation that would grant $6.2 billion medical coverage and compensation to thousands of 9/11 first responders exposed to toxic substances at Ground Zero. Continue reading

Senate Passes 9/11 Health Bill

The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to cover the cost of medical care for rescue workers and others who became sick from breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. Continue reading

9/11 Wears On GOP, Now New York’s Problem: Margaret Carlson

Sometimes I say to myself, “Republicans would never go that far.” Then they do, to no ill effect. They wouldn’t dare vow to bring Congress to a halt until the rich got their tax breaks. But they said it out loud and under the lights, and President Barack Obama knew they meant business. That’s why he blinked and made a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, pairing their tax cuts with unemployment benefits and some economic stimulus. Continue reading

Gillibrand Gains Foothold With Victory on 9/11 Aid

The spotlight was shining on her at last, and Kirsten E. Gillibrand, the oft-overshadowed junior senator from New York, did not hold back. Continue reading

UFA President Steve Cassidy on MSNBC Discussing the Passage of the 9-11 Zadroga Bill

Senate Passes 9/11 Health Bill as Republicans Back Down

After years of fierce lobbying and debate, Congress approved a bill on Wednesday to cover the cost of medical care for rescue workers and others who became sick from toxic fumes, dust and smoke after the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Continue reading

The U.S. Senate owes Ground Zero responders an immediate vote on the Zadroga health bill

New York’s two U.S. senators say they have lined up the Republican votes needed to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Great. Now all they have to do is force the measure to a vote with all deliberate speed.
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No Laughing Matter: White House Says Comedian Jon Stewart “Put Awareness” On 9/11 Health Bill

The White House said today that comedian Jon Stewart has “put the awareness” around the 9/11 health care responders legislation, hoping that will lead to additional Republican votes for the bill. Continue reading

Showdown Over 9/11 First Responders’ Health Bill

Supporters of legislation to give federal funds to care for 9/11 first responders sickened by the aftermath of the terrorist attack filed into the Capitol in droves on Tuesday to push for quick passage of the measure before Congress adjourns for the year.
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