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Local Officials Seeking Senate Support for 9/11 Health Bill

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg and congressional officials from New York and New Jersey are fanned out across Capitol Hill Tuesday to build support for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health Care Bill. 

Senator Charles Schumer said the multi-billion-dollar aid package is what the country owes people sickened by the aftermath of September 11.

"We will go to every corner of the Capitol and every corner of this country," Schumer said. "We will not rest until we find those other handful of votes that we need to give us the 60 votes to make the Zadroga bill a reality."

The bill passed the House of Representatives in September, but its prospects are dimmer in the Senate, where Democrats have a narrow majority. Supporters of the bill believe it's 'do-or-die time' in the current lame duck session, because next year Republicans take over the House and make the Democratic majority in the Senate even thinner.

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Comments [1]

william colucci

I`M all for giving the police and firefighters there health cost, but yous want the people to pay for it, they did a super job on 911, so let the government pay for it out of the politians pockets, hell even the lowest paid member in the white house make 150.000 a year,and get GREAT BENITFITS,so take it from each member of Obamas staff and pay for it. he likes to spend the peoples money, so lets turn this around on him, and his a-- kissers, and make them pay for it-----fire fighter retired.----its time we make them pay for some thing, instead of the americians pay all the time, that dont have the money.

Nov. 16 2010 04:30 PM

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