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9/11 Health Bill Up for Second Vote

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A bill that would provide medical treatment and compensation for sickened workers during the clean up of the World Trade Center site is expected to come up for a second vote on Capital Hill.  The bill would provide $7.4 million for the sick workers.

Congressman Anthony Weiner says 900 people have died since 9/11 from diseases related to Ground Zero dust and they should also be recognized.

"They are just as much of a hero as the people that we are going to solemnly memorialize this week on September 11th events. There is no reason why we should not be treating them like the heroes that they are," Weiner says.

Congressman Peter King say this time the bill must pass. "We have to alleviate that suffering, provide them with the healthcare that they need and it's absolute moral obligations we have as members of congress to get this done," King says.

Manhattan Democratic Congress members Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler say this time, the bill will be submitted under what's called "regular order," where only a simple majority of 218 votes are needed for it to pass. The Zadroga Act, named for the late firefighter James Zadroga, failed in July after Democrats used a procedural move to get the bill to the floor while blocking potential amendments. That move required a two-thirds majority to pass the bill, which it did not achieve. Nadler and Maloney say the 255 votes the bill did get show that it has more than enough support to pass if considered under regular order.

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