Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
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.