According to a new study by the World Trade Center Health Program, cancer rates among World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers are 15% higher than the general population.
A provision in the new 9/11 health bill will add insult to injury for people who fell sick after their service in the aftermath of the 2001 attacks. The tens of thousands of cops, firefighters, construction workers and others who survived the worst terrorist assault in U.S. history and risked their lives in its wake will soon be informed that their names must be run through the FBI’s terrorism watch list.
On September 9th, 2004, then former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, along with 9/11 Family Members and citizen researchers, held what were called the “9/11 Omission Hearings” in New York City. To many of us that have been involved with this cause for a long time, these were truly historic. It is important to note that these hearings took place not two months after the release of the 9/11 Report. If you’ve never seen them, they come highly recommended. As you watch them, ask yourself, “is this something the media should have told me about?”
WASHINGTON – To the ill and dying Americans who answered the call after 9/11: Merry Christmas, help finally is on the way. More than nine years after the worst foreign attack in U.S. history, the Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to pass the $4.3 billion James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act. It gives medical care and […]
The US Chamber of Commerce lobbied to kill a bill that would have helped cover medical expenses and compensation for first responders and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to documents available online. The Chamber’s aim was to keep open a tax loophole benefiting foreign corporations that the $7.4 billion bill would have closed to provide funding for the American emergency workers.
A group of nine 9/11 first responders who arrived in Washington, DC, to pressure Congress into passing a health care bill were met with an unwelcome surprise: A police escort, courtesy of Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine. Snowe called Capitol Police when she heard the activists were planning to arrive on the Hill and […]
Republicans filibustered the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act on Thursday, blocking the start of debate on the bill because they want to see tax cuts passed first. Manhattan Democratic Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney ripped the move as “immoral” and “truly sad.” “I was a registered Republican. I have no idea what I am now,” said Ray Simons, 60, a retired FDNY ambulance worker who said he’s ill from two weeks at The Pile. “For senators to turn this down, it’s like, oh, my God, it’s the ultimate betrayal.”
“Republicans denied adequate health care to the heroes who developed illnesses from rushing into burning buildings on 9/11,” he said. “Yet they will stop at nothing to give tax breaks to millionaires and C.E.O.’s, even though they will explode our deficit and fail to create jobs. That tells you everything you need to know about their priorities.”
Thousands of rescue workers sickened after the September 11 attacks in New York have until the end of Monday to accept a settlement that could near 800 million dollars. A settlement on Friday saw a subgroup of workers compensated 28 million dollars for exposure to debris removed and transferred from Ground Zero to Staten Island […]
The House this afternoon passed final congressional approval of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act, which provides medical care for persons exposed to harmful toxins from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. First responders, cleanup workers and those living within the terrorist attack areas are eligible for care. The $7.4 billion bill passed easily 268 to 160. Seventeen Republicans […]