On April 14th 2015, legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 1786 and in the United States Senate, S. 928, and the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act of 2015”, to renew and make permanent the Health and Compensation programs that were helping thousands of injured and ill 9/11 Responders and Survivors. The legislation was introduced in by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Peter King (R-NY) along with 49 other original bi-partisan and in the Senate by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and 9 other Senators.
With and lot of work by a lot of responders, survivors and their supporters, the legislation HR 1786 / S. 928, eventually gained overwhelming support with 272 cosponsors in the house, 80 Republicans and all 192 Democrats, and 69 cosponsors in the Senate with 23 Republicans and all 46 Democratic Senators.
Because of the overwhelming bipartisan support by so many Representatives, the Congress passed legislation in December 2015 that President Obama signed into law that made the World Trade Center Health Program permanent so that injured responders and survivors can get the health care that they need and extended the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund until December 2020.
Congressional Votes During 2015 REAUTHORIZATION
The Congress did not reauthorize the programs in a separate bill but as part of the large “Omnibus” passed at the end of the year that funded much of the Government. There was NO separate vote by members of Congress either in the Committee or the floor of either house. The only measure to gauge of individual member support is whether they were one of the 272 Members of the House or 69 members of the Senate who co-sponsored the legislation.
SPONSORS OF 2015 REAUTHORIZATION EFFORT
Below are documents from the 2015 Reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY HR. 1786/ S. 928
DOCUMENTS FROM 2015 REAUTHORIZATION EFFORT
MAJOR LEGISLATIVE EVENTS IN EFFORT TO PASS THE 2015 REAUTHORIZATION
Legislation goes over 100 Sponsors in the House
July 8th, 2015
Sponsors hold Press Conference at Ground Zero
September 3, 2015
14th Anniversary of 9/11
September 11, 2015
9/11 Responders and Survivors Rally on Capitol Hill for Legislation
September 16, 2015
Statutory authorization for World Trade Center Health Program Expires
September 30th, 2015
Majority of House Members Sponsor Legislation
October 23, 2015
Bill has over 60 Sponsors in Senate
October 29th, 2015
Reauthorization is included in Omnibus Bill
December 16th, 2015
Reauthorization Passes Congress as part of Omnibus Bill
December 18th, 2015.
President Signs Reauthorization into Law
December 18th, 2015