Archive of News (2022)

Statement on the Adoption of the Gillibrand Amendment to the Omnibus Spending Bill Providing Funding for the World Trade Center Health Program

The impact of the funding deficit will be delayed, which will allow the program to continue to welcome and serve injured responders and survivors—rather than beginning to turn them away in October 2024.  

Physical Functional Impairment and the Risk of Incident Mild Cognitive Impairment in an Observational Study of World Trade Center Responders

We hypothesized that responders with PTSD would have an elevated risk of incident mild cognitive impairment and that physical functional impairment would mediate this increase.

Deal adds $1 billion for World Trade Center Health Program to omnibus spending bill

New York’s Democratic senators struck a deal with Mitch McConnell Wednesday on an amendment to add $1 billion to the omnibus spending bill to cover a WTC Health Program funding shortfall.

Congressional negotiators agree to add $1B for 9/11 health fund in end-of-year spending bill

A last-second deal in the massive government funding bill will buy several more years for the World Trade Center health program before it runs into a budget crunch.

9/11 Betrayal: Lots of Money for War While First Responders Get Short-Changed

Without congressional action, the World Trade Center Health Program will run out of money starting in FY 2025.

$3 billion in WTC health care funding dropped from spending bill

Missing from the 4,155-page omnibus package posted at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday was $3.6 billion to cover a projected funding shortfall, beginning in October 2024.

9/11 health fund spending for ill responders left out of Congress budget deal

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promised but couldn’t deliver $3 billion needed to plug a looming deficit in the health program that treats ill 9/11 responders and survivors.

Senate lurches toward conclusion on massive spending package

The Senate took its first step Tuesday toward passing a nearly $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package needed before Christmas Eve to avert a partial government shutdown.

World Trade Center Health Program’s $3 Billion Left Off Omnibus

The massive $1.7 trillion omnibus appropriations package to fund the government filed after midnight doesn’t include the $3.6 billion fix among the long list of items attached to the legislation (H.R. 2617).

Funding for 9/11 health program is left out of federal omnibus bill

While the program was reauthorized in 2015 and extended through 2090 with bipartisan support, it is estimated to be too cash-strapped to take on any new claims after October 2024.