City Council Passes Resolution in Support of Federal 9/11 Legislation
February 15, 2008
The New York City Council (Council) recently passed a resolution in support of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 3543), federal legislation that would specifically provide ongoing funding for the monitoring and treatment of rescue and recovery workers, residents and workers from the New York metropolitan area as well as responders from across the country. In addition, the bill reopens and amends the federally funded September 11 Victim Compensation Fund to allow responders who are sick or injured because of their work at Ground Zero to file claims.
Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), two co-sponsors of the legislation, testified at a February 6 Council hearing prior to passage of the Council Resolution 1058. They both emphasized the national nature of the disaster and the need for the federal government to provide funding to monitor and treat individuals whose sickness may be related to their exposure to WTC dust or toxins. Congressman Nadler disputed the belief of many lawmakers that this is just a New York problem. He explained that this is why "the costs associated with treating affected area residents, workers and students have thus far fallen completely on the City of New York." Throughout her testimony, Representative Maloney stressed that individuals from all 50 states came to the aid of New York City following the terrorist attacks. "I believe that the health impact of the 9/11 attacks is one of the most important issues facing our city and our nation," she said.
Currently, H.R. 3543 has 70 co-sponsors in Congress and is sitting before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. Click here to follow the progress of this bill, as well as other 9/11-related health legislation in the U.S. Congress and the New York and New Jersey State Legislatures.