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Gillibrand Optimistic About Passage Of 9/11 Health Bill

Police officers and other emergency workers are seen at the World Trade Center site - New York, NY - Sep 13, 2001 - Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Police officers and other emergency workers are seen at the World Trade Center site – New York, NY – Sep 13, 2001 – Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - There is now one month left in this Congressional session and that means one more month to pass the 9/11 health bill to provide medical care for sickened Ground Zero responders.


WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports

The search for one more Republican vote in the U.S. Senate is continuing, but Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) feels the bill will eventually pass.

“I am feeling optimistic that we will get one, if not more than one,” Gillibrand told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

She’s enlisted newly sworn-in Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, who supported the bill when he was in the House.

Gillibrand says, “I gave him a number of Senators that he should work with over the next couple of days.”

Gillibrand expects a vote in the next two weeks.

The James Zadroga bill has already passed the House.