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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

9/11: Demands to extend Zadroga Bill

(graphic courtesy of Mitch Tru)
James Zadroga was a NYPD detective who died in 2006, aged 34, from the direct effects of the toxins he inhaled as he worked at Ground Zero.

Bill HR 847 was named James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, and was the culmination of years of lobbying the politicians to quit playing 'politics as usual,' and do the morally right thing by the Ground Zero Responders.

Yesterday, at the World Trade Center, politicians joined their voices with those most directly sickened by 9/11, demanding that this Bill be re-authorised, and it's mandate extended.

From NBC New York:

New York Lawmakers Call on Congress to Reauthorize Zadroga Bill

 By Jonathan Lemire

New York lawmakers are calling for Congress to reauthorize federal legislation to compensate first responders who grew ill working at ground zero.

Mayor de Blasio and politicians from both parties, including Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, made their call Monday at the World Trade Center.


The James Zadroga bill's two programs provide medical treatment and compensation. They're set to expire in 2015 and 2016.


Gillibrand said letting the programs expire would mean the government turned its back on heroes....

[For previous columns on this topic, use the search block at Assoluta Tranquillita]