Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) and Democratic Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler of Manhattan, in a joint statement, called on Congress to move quickly to pass bipartisan legislation sponsored by the trio that would permanently extend the fund.

“The 9/11 community needs and deserves our support and the quicker we get this bill passed, the better,” the lawmakers said. “We have a double moral obligation to these heroic men and women. First, for those who were there for us in one of our nation’s darkest hours. They ran into the flames when everyone else was running away. Secondly, our government told all those who worked on the pile and lived, worked and went to school near Ground Zero that the air was safe to breathe, and water was safe to drink when it wasn’t. They are sick because of us. Fully funding and permanently extending the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is the least we can do as a grateful nation.”

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