Senate Fails to Pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act
Today, Senate Republicans voted to block the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. This important piece of legislation would have provided medical monitoring and treatment to the first responders and survivors of the World Trade Center attacks.
“It is unfortunate that Senate Republicans have decided to put politics ahead of the many 9/11 heroes and their families. Our first responders ignored concerns of their personal safety and health in order to help their fellow citizens who were in need. As a result of their selfless actions in the wake of one of the worst attacks on America soil, they have suffered many illnesses,” stated Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke. “These men and woman from all 50 states should have the support of every member of this Congressional body. It is shameful that this issue has become a victim of partisan politics. If ever there were an issue that should unite all American’s it is providing proper care to 9/11 first responders.”
On September 29, 2010, Congresswoman Clarke joined the House of Representatives in passing H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
“I would like to honor and commend all the first responders and survivors of the World Trade Center attacks. Know that while there are some who conveniently forgotten about the price that you’ve paid in service to our country, I will never stop working to provide you with proper medical treatment that you so rightly deserve,” concluded Rep. Yvette D. Clarke.