Rally at WTC Site Keeps Pressure on Congress to Pass 9/11 Health Legislation
January 5, 2010
Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Bill Pascrell, Jr. appeared with World Trade Center (WTC) responders at a rally in early January near the WTC site to demand passage of the federal James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (HR 847). The rally commemorated the fourth anniversary of NYPD Detective Zadroga’s death, and included the reading of names of other WTC responders who have died since the 2001 terrorist attacks.
“I am joining the 9/11 responder community and elected officials in calling on Congress to honor those who selflessly served at the WTC site and those exposed to the aftermath who are now suffering WTC-related health effects by passing the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act,” said Mayor Bloomberg in a statement read by Representative Maloney. “At least 15,000 responders and community members will continue to receive specialized treatment for 9/11-related health conditions if this bill is passed. Also, the legislation will ensure the continued health monitoring of thousands more responders and community members so we can properly track and treat any future WTC-related illness. I don’t want another anniversary of Detective Zadroga's death to pass without this legislation being enacted."
Representative Frank Pallone, Jr., whose statement also was read at the rally, chairs the Congressional subcommittee which must take action on the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act before it can be brought to the floor of the House for a vote.
The bill also must pass the Senate. The Senate version (S. 1334) has been referred to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. There is no action pending.