Gillibrand: Fight Just Beginning On 9/11 Health Bill

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) joined WCBS 880 on Tuesday to talk about the Senate’s block of a vote to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” as well as the slow movement on the 9/11 health bill.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Full Interview with Gillibrand

Excerpts from the interview:
WCBS 880 Anchor Steve Scott: Senator, you’re not happy about this “don’t ask, don’t tell” vote.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: It’s very disappointing.  We have men and women who have served in the military, who want to be serving in the military.  Who want to do nothing but give of themselves and give their lives for this country and we are literally telling them ‘no’ because of who they love.

WCBS 880: Senator, another disappointment for you.  It looks like the 9/11 first responder health bill will be tabled again.

Gillibrand: We were hoping to add it as an amendment to the authorization bill.  We weren’t able to do that, but the fight is just beginning on the 9/11 health bill.  All of us must stand strong with our first responders, with our heroes and with the families who suffered when those buildings collapsed for very serious health reasons because of the toxins that were released.

WCBS 880: There is talk that Congress will adjourn very shortly so members can go back to their districts and campaign. When might this [9/11 bill] come up for a vote?

Gillibrand: We’re hoping to do it in a lame duck session. We are hoping to call up both repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the 9/11 health bill.  I think we can bring up those votes in November and December when we reconvene after the election.

  • Responder

    Why wait until after the elections? If the GOP can’t offer up 1 vote, use that against them in the election campaigns.

  • responder

    I hope the Novemeber elections remove some of those do nothings in DC.

  • responder

    We are tired of moral obligation speeches and failed bills in the House and Senate. The President has stated he would sign the 9/11 Health Bill. Just pass the damn bill!!

  • John

    Senator, Tell your cohorts in the Senate to let the 911 Bill stand on it’s own. Stop attaching it to other legislation.

    • responder


      No one cares about 9/11 first responders anymore. The politicians have proved the old saying “talk is cheap”

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