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Zadroga 9/11 Bill Gets New GOP Support

Friday, December 17, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will schedule a vote on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill before Christmas. Two other major items have been scheduled for Saturday -- the immigration bill called the "DREAM" Act and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell -- making the Zadroga Bill one of the main items for lawmakers to cover next week, along with the START arms treaty.

Maine Republican Susan Collins released a statement on Thursday saying she would support the $7.4 billion, if she's convinced it can be paid for. She opposes the main proposal for funding the bill, a tax on overseas companies that locate in havens to avoid paying taxes.

"I support the 9/11 health bill on the merits, and I have talked with Senator Gillibrand about the need for legitimate ways of offsetting its cost," Collins said. "If the Majority Leader were to bring the bill to the floor with appropriate offsets, I would support the legislation."

Collins didn't address any of alternative ways New York Senators Kristen Gillibrand and Charles Schumber have proposed for raising money.

Thursday, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden confirmed he will be out next week through Christmas to prepare for and undergo surgery for prostate cancer -- making it even harder for Democrats  to reach the 60 votes they need to prevent a filibuster.

The Zadroga bill would provide long-term funding to continue medical monitoring and treatment programs for people with illnesses related to the World Trade Center attacks. It would also open a victims compensation fund for the sick and survivors of those who have died.

Democrats need 60 votes to open and close debate.

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Comments [5]

Carmine from United States of Corporate America

Scaled down version of bill is a disgrace. The Republicans who wave the American Flag, should hang their heads! They would much rather give Billions in Tax cuts to the wealthy, or cut taxes to Corporations than to give crumbs to the ones who really need help. Shame on them! Treason comes to mind!

Dec. 22 2010 09:27 PM
Parcel Mosksa

This is not a political issue, but rather a moral obligation. The Zadroga bill is perhaps one of the only issues that the entire American population can stand united behind, but of course, the Senate has turned it into its latest political football. If we can’t assist these brave men and women in any way possible, then we have no right to depend on their bravery in the future.

Dec. 18 2010 08:58 PM
Chuck Thomas from Pawling, New York

How come congress never questions the funding of the Iraqi and Afganistani wars? They are costing us hundreds of Billions of dollars each month. Where is the money coming from to fight these wars?

Dec. 18 2010 12:35 PM
ProudPrimate

Please see my comment at the DoubleDutch site linked above (http://www.doubledutchpolitics.com/2010/12/911-first-responders-bill-recalling-the-spirit-of-a-past-jon-stewart/)

Dec. 18 2010 11:09 AM
Ryan Colpaart

Don’t get me wrong, the Daily Show & Jon Stewart were great last night, but the implications of Stewart’s words 3,378 days ago, and what they show about todays sordid debate seem (to me at least) even more relevant.

Check it out:

http://www.doubledutchpolitics.com/2010/12/911-first-responders-bill-recalling-the-spirit-of-a-past-jon-stewart/

Dec. 17 2010 06:16 PM

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