9/11 Responders May Face Deep Cuts in Zadroga Funds

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said as much as $38 million could be slashed from the Zadroga Act that helps sick first responders next year if Congress does not reach a budget deal.

“This is simply outrageous,” Gillibrand said Monday, joined by other New York politicians. “These programs have life and death consequences.”

Senator Charles Schumer said the Office of Management and Budget has exemptions for veterans, among others: “Sequester should not be used on the backs of our heroes,” he said.

New York lawmakers are sending a letter to the OMB to try to get an exemption for the program if sequestration takes effect.