Crucial Senate Vote For 9/11 Health Bill Today

WASHINGTON (CBS 2) — Legislation to help 9/11 first responders sickened by toxic dust at Ground Zero was expected to face a key test vote in the Senate Wednesday.

Supporters of the James Zadroga Health Care Bill were in D.C., pushing for passage.

“The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Bill is crucial. It will finally provide justice for the thousands of brave responders and survivors who are sick because of their exposure to the toxic air during 9/11’s aftermath,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan).

Zadroga, a New York City police officer and first responder, died in 2006 from a respiratory disease contracted while working at Ground Zero.

  • Pete

    It’s the federal governments fault if I put out a fire and was told the air was clean(and it was not) and then get sick because of the air I breathed during cleanup and overhaul? No, that would be my employer’s fault (FDNY) and the guy who said the air was clean.

    This is a worker’s comp issue.

  • Josh

    Pretty sad that the GOP had to have the Bush tax cuts extended first, instead of helping the first repsonders to 9/11, many of whom are dying due to the gov’t negligence. Thanks GOP for saying that the Zadroga Bill is too expensive, but blindly going to war against Iraq is the “smarter choice”.

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