Senate Holds Hearing on 9/11 Health Legislation
June 30, 2010
The U.S. Senate recently held its first hearing on the James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (S. 1334). FDNY Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Prezant, 9/11 responder and FDNY Lt. Martin Fullam and Margrily Garcia, a 9/11 survivor and patient at the WTC Environmental Health Center were among those who testified at the hearing.
“The legislation would fulfill our moral obligation to the heroes who have sacrificed their lives for our country and all the victims who are dying from the worst terrorist attack in our history by creating a fully transparent system that establishes a long-term health program with proper oversight and accountability,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who is sponsoring the bill with Senators Frank Lautenberg, Robert Menendez and Charles Schumer.
“This legislation achieves what WTC responders, area residents, and other survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks have long been seeking-sustained funding to treat those who are sick, or could become sick because of 9/11; continued research on potential WTC health effects; and the re-opening of the Victim Compensation Fund so that those harmed as a result of 9/11 are fairly compensated without having to show that anyone but the terrorists were at fault,” said Mayor Bloomberg.
Governor Paterson, the United States Conference of Mayors and the National Association of Counties also wrote to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in support of the legislation.
A final vote on the House version of the bill is expected before the August recess.