On Monday, July 15, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) joined US Senator Chuck Schumer, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and 9/11 first responders and health and compensation advocates to celebrate the overwhelming House passage of Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund Act (H.R. 1327). The coalition of advocates lauded the considerable support the bill received across both sides of the aisle, and called on the Senate and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass this bill as quickly as possible.

Friday’s vote was a critical step forward in making the Victim Compensation Fund permanent, and is a monumental achievement for the first responders, survivors, victim’s families, advocates, and elected officials who are working tirelessly to get this bill passed. “The fight, however, is not yet over and it is crucial that the Senate and Leader McConnell pass this bill as quickly as possible. Our nation’s heroes should never have to go without the support and critical care they need, and we cannot rest until this program is made permanent and this bill is signed into law,” according to a statement released by the elected officials named above in addition to US Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Congressman Peter King.

“For too long, the 9/11 community has had to make their way to Washington, DC and beg Congress to do our jobs and advocate for them. Last week, the House finally passed the Never Forget the Heroes Act to fully fund and make permanent the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, and I am honored to celebrate this important step with the advocates and survivors who have been fighting for our nation’s heroes since the beginning. Senator McConnell must stick to his word and pass this bill immediately. It is the least we can do for the brave men and women who were there for us in one of our nation’s darkest hours, and I will not rest until every survivor, first responder, and family member gets the critical care and compensation they deserve,” said Congresswoman Maloney (NY-12).

 

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