FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2010
STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON THE U.S. SENATE'S FAILURE TO PASS THE 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT
“Today’s failed vote in the Senate on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act is a devastating indictment of Washington politics, a tragic example of partisan politics trumping patriotism. The attacks of 9/11 were attacks on America, and we have a collective responsibility to care for the heroes – from all 50 states – who answered the call of duty, saved lives, and helped our nation recover. It is encouraging that a clear majority of senators support the bill, and I urge Senate Republicans to reconsider their wrong-headed political strategy and allow the bill to come to the floor for a vote. We will continue waging our battle to provide medical monitoring and treatment for the first responders and survivors of the September 11th attacks.
“I want to express my deep appreciation to the first responders and survivors who have been working to pass this bill for years. I also want to thank Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the bill’s chief sponsor and tireless champion, and Senator Chuck Schumer, whose leadership and dedication have been invaluable.
“Next year we will observe the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and I remain committed to ensuring that those who survived the attacks, and those who risked their lives to save others, receive the health care that they deserve.”
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