WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to aid people who fell ill after working in the World Trade Center ruins is expected to face a key test vote in the Senate on Wednesday.
New York senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer said Saturday that a vote is likely on whether to begin formal debate on the bill.READ MORE: Brian Laundrie's Remains Found In Florida Nature Reserve, Officials Say
Backers of the bill say they are optimistic they can win two Republican votes along with the support of all Senate Democrats. That would be enough votes to break any GOP blocking tactics.
Schumer said supporters were still scouring the Senate for one more Republican vote.READ MORE: Alec Baldwin Fired Prop Gun That Killed Cinematographer And Injured Director On "Rust" Movie Set
The bill would provide up to $7.4 billion in health care and compensation.
Critics have questioned whether the bill is affordable, and does enough to ensure that only people with illnesses related to trade center dust get paid.MORE NEWS: Man Taken Into Custody After Shooting Just Steps Away From Bronx School
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