New York City Council Proposes Resolution Asking Congress to Amend and Pass 9/11 Health Legislation
May 22, 2009
The New York City Council recently held a hearing on a proposed resolution that calls on Congress to pass the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (HR 847). The legislation would provide permanent long-term federal funding to monitor and treat those affected by 9/11. The resolution also called on Congress to reduce New York City’s cost share of the entire program, which could be up to $500 million over 10 years.
Caswell F. Holloway, Chief of Staff to Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler and Special Advisor to Mayor Bloomberg testified in support of the resolution. $500 million “is simply too high a cost for City taxpayers to shoulder alone for what clearly must be a national response to an act of war against our country,” said Holloway. He continued, “This is not to say that the City objects to any cost-sharing. Indeed, Mayor Bloomberg fully supported an earlier version of the bill that required the City to pay 5% of the cost of treating anyone treated at a Center of Excellence within the City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation. We accepted this obligation, because it ensures that the City has a strong incentive to monitor these programs and make sure that these health care dollars are spent wisely.”
Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Michael E. McMahon, co-sponsors of H.R. 847, also sent representatives to testify in support of the proposed resolution.