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House Passes $70 Million for 9/11 Health Care

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For Immediate Release: July 24, 2009

Contacts: Joe Soldevere (Maloney), 212-860-0606
Ilan Kayatsky (Nadler), 212-367-7350
Lauren Amendolara (McMahon), 202-225-8420

House Passes $70 Million for 9/11 Health Care

Washington, D.C. — Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler
(D-NY), and Michael McMahon (D-NY) today applauded the House passage of $70,723,000
in funding for the World Trade Center Health Programs for Fiscal Year 2010.
The funding was included in the FY2010 Labor and Health and Human Services Appropriations
Bill, which passed the House today. The lawmakers, along with Rep. Peter King
(R-NY), are sponsors of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847), which
would provide long-term, comprehensive health care and compensation for those
sickened or injured in the aftermath of 9/11.

“The heroes and heroines of 9/11 deserve a helping hand from the federal
government –it’s the least we can do as a grateful nation. This
$70 million in federal funding will keep the doors of 9/11 health clinics open
until we pass comprehensive 9/11 health legislation, hopefully by the eighth
anniversary of the attacks,” said Rep. Maloney. “I thank President
Obama and my colleagues in the House for their continued support of the men
and women who came to the aid of the country after 9/11.”

“This $70 million for the World Trade Center Health Programs will directly
benefit the first responders and community members who are living with 9/11-related
illnesses,” said Rep. Nadler. “These funds are critical for ensuring
that those who sacrificed — or who were innocent bystanders — on
or after 9/11 are taken care of until we pass comprehensive 9/11 health care
legislation. Thanks are due to President Obama, Congresswoman Maloney and my
colleagues for supporting this crucial
program.”

“As we have said time and time again, there isn’t enough we can
do for the courageous men and women who responded on 9/11,” said Rep.
Michael E. McMahon. “This federal funding will help provide the necessary
health care services that many first responders desperately need. I thank my
colleagues in the House, especially Reps. Maloney, Nadler and King, for their
support.”

Earlier this year, the House passed and President Obama signed into law the
Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act (H.R. 1105), which contains $70
million in
funding for FY 2009 for federal 9/11 health programs.

Please click here for a summary of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and
here for a Q&A on the legislation.

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Press Release — For Immediate Release
July 29, 2009
Contact: Joe Soldevere (Maloney), 646-831-1649
Maloney.house.gov

9/11 Health and Compensation Act Clears Key House Committee

-NY Reps. Maloney, Nadler, King, McMahon Hail Progress of Bill to Provide
Comprehensive Health Care, Compensation to Those Sick from 9/11-

Washington, D.C. — Today, the House Judiciary Committee approved a portion
of the landmark 9/11 Health and Compensation Act by a vote of 22-9. New York
Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Peter King, and Michael McMahon, the
lead sponsors of the legislation, hailed today’s approval as a sign of
the measure’s strong momentum toward a vote in the full House by the eighth
anniversary of the attacks. The legislation would provide long-term, comprehensive
health care and compensation for those sickened or injured in the aftermath
of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Today’s vote is a crucial step toward our goal of passing this
landmark bill by the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Eight years is
long enough to finally get proper care and compensation for the heroes and heroines
of 9/11,” said Rep. Maloney. “I thank my good friends and cosponsors
Jerry Nadler, Pete King, and Michael McMahon for their leadership and I am grateful
to Chairman Conyers, Congresswoman Lofgren, and Speaker Pelosi for their steadfast
support in moving this long-overdue bill forward. I would also like to extend
my gratitude to three friends on the other side of the aisle who voted today
to approve this bill: Reps. Dan Lungren, Ted Poe, and Thomas Rooney.”

“By all accounts, the Victim Compensation Fund has been an overwhelming
success,” said Rep. Nadler. “Today’s Judiciary Committee vote
to reopen the fund is major progress in our long fight to provide much-needed
compensation to those who have suffered physically and economically because
of 9/11. Now we are one important step closer to passing the 9/11 Health and
Compensation Act, which will finally address the health crisis among first responders,
workers, residents and others after 9/11. I thank Chairman Conyers and Chairwoman
Lofgren for their work on this critical issue.”

“Those brave individuals caught in the dust cloud on 9/11 need constant
monitoring as health conditions resulting from exposure continue to arise and
develop,” said King. “I am extremely gratified that after years
of fighting to pass this bill, we have moved one step closer to providing the
survivors and first responders the care and compensation they deserve.”

“I applaud Chairman Conyers and the House Judiciary Committee, in addition
to the House leadership, for their commitment to our 9/11 first responders,”
said Rep. Michael E. McMahon. “The quicker this bill becomes law, the
quicker those heroic men and women receive the care they desperately need, let
alone deserve. I thank my colleagues, Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler and
Peter King for their unwavering dedication to the expedient passage of this
bill.”

The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over the portion of the legislation
that would reopen the federal Victim Compensation Fund for those who suffered
economic losses as a result of exposure to Ground Zero toxins. The House Energy
and Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over the health care component of the
bill.

Please click here for a summary of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and
here for a Q&A on the legislation.

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