New York City Reaches Out to Key Members of Congress in Support of Federal 9/11 Health Legislation
November 24, 2009
New York City stepped up its outreach efforts to encourage Congressional support of federal 9/11 health legislation. Although the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847 and S.1334) has the support of the New York Congressional delegation, it must be approved by a House committee, with members from 31 states, before the full House can vote on it.
With legislative action likely after Congress finishes work on health care reform, the city, with cooperation from the FDNY, is urging Mayors from key cities and fire departments nationwide that participated in World Trade Center (WTC) rescue and recovery effort to contact their local Representatives to support the bill. The city is also providing a breakdown of WTC Health Registry enrollees by geographical area to show how passing the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act can benefit constituents directly, including local responders and volunteers who returned home after their 9/11 service, as well as Americans exposed to the attacks in New York City who relocated.
In addition to its partnerships with labor and community leaders to support permanent funding for 9/11 medical monitoring and treatment, the city’s efforts include:
- A visit by WTC Environmental Health Center staff and patients to the House Energy and Commerce Committee to stress its services for survivors of the WTC collapse, including people who lived, worked or went to school in Lower Manhattan
- Standing with the responder community at fall events in New York City and Washington, DC
- Making information about federal 9/11 health legislation easily accessible through the city’s 9/11 health website at www.9-11health.org
The 9/11 Health and Compensation Act must also pass the Senate. The Senate version (S. 1334) has been referred to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. There is no action pending.