House Approves Funding For 9/11 Health Care
February 23, 2009
The House of Representatives passed an omnibus spending bill (HR 1105) for fiscal year 2009. The bill includes $70 million in new funding for the medical treatment and screening of people exposed to the 9/11 disaster.
"I want to thank the entire New York Congressional delegation, especially Representatives Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Peter King, Michael McMahon and former Representative Jim Walsh, for securing an additional $70 million in funding for 9/11 health programs," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Many first responders, community members and others who suffer from exposure to contaminants after 9/11 rely on this critical federal funding. The attack on September 11th was an attack on our nation, and we are grateful that our delegation and the Congressional Appropriations Committee continue to affirm their commitment to ensuring these programs remain intact and those who need the healthcare they provide get it."
The omnibus package now heads to the Senate, where Democratic leaders have agreed on the new spending plan. It will be sent to President Obama's desk if it passes the Senate.