Obama Reaffirms Support for Federal 9/11 Health Programs
September 17, 2009
President Obama commemorated the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a speech at a memorial ceremony at the Pentagon.
“Now, eight years later, it is that sense of common purpose we must recapture. That begins by remaining vigilant, by putting in place the policies that will best protect our security, by ensuring access to monitoring and treatment for the rescuers, as well as residents, workers and students, made sick by the toxic dust and debris that filled the air after the attacks, and by supporting the men and women in uniform who take risks and make extraordinary sacrifices to keep us safe,” Obama said at the Pentagon observance.
In addition, U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. announced that the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will meet at the end of September to approve part of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (HR 847). The Health Subcommittee oversees the health care component of the bill, which would provide long-term federal funding for medical monitoring and treatment of those affected by 9/11.