Bill calls for 9/11 sickness funding

A Push to Include 9/11 Health in Upcoming Presidential Budget Proposal
Reps. Maloney and Fossella are joined by 25 colleagues in bipartisan call for funding, federal plan

WASHINGTON, DC – As the White House prepares an FY2008 budget proposal to be released early next year, 27 bipartisan Members of Congress are asking President Bush to include robust funding for comprehensive medical monitoring and treatment of those made sick by the toxic air around Ground Zero (letter to Bush). The group, led by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Vito Fossella (R-NY), also urged the president to direct the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan for the federal response to the 9/11 Health Crisis.

“Just because the fifth anniversary of 9/11 has passed and the attention is elsewhere doesn’t mean that the 9/11 Health Crisis is going away,” said Maloney. “The men and women who breathed in the toxic air around Ground Zero will be feeling the serious effects for many years, and the federal response needs to reflect that. The federal government needs to view this as a long-term issue, as the doctors have testified, and it needs a plan that includes regular and serious funding in the federal budget to provide help to these heroes.”

Fossella said, “We have made progress over the last year to begin getting the resources necessary to help our 9/11 heroes. However, we now need a significant investment by the federal government into health monitoring and treatment for those who are sick or injured. In addition, the federal government must develop a comprehensive plan to address the health impacts of 9/11.”

In October, $52 million, the very first federal dollars for the treatment of those suffering from 9/11-related illness, was released by the Department of Health and Human Services. Secretary Michael Leavitt has acknowledged that this money was only a “down payment,” and doctors who have monitored sick responders have testified before Congress that the crisis must be viewed as a problem that will persist for a few decades, not just a few years.

Signing the letter to Bush were: Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Vito Fossella (R-NY), Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Diane Watson (D-CA), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), John Sweeney (R-NY), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Steve Israel (D-NY), Peter King (R-NY), Christopher Shays (R-CT), Tim Bishop (D-NY), Thad McCotter (R-MI), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Michael McNulty (D-NY), Howard Berman (D-CA), Jos Serrano (D-NY), Ed Towns (D-NY), Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Major Owens (D-NY), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), John Conyers (D-MI), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Gregory Meeks (D-NY).

Can we call this the "Gambler's thread"?

Bets please. Place your bets here...

Damn right, and we must link these dreadful illnesses to the

entire 9/11 inside job to publicize & force them to make retribution for both!

Yes, an investigation of knowingly sending first responders....

....into a known toxic environment of Ground Zero to remove the physical evidence of this crime...could be the wedge we need to propel this into a full-blown investigation into the murderers who perpetrated 9/11...

We have to take advantage of the press coverage the 9/11 Poisoning is getting to expose the whole truth of this monstrous criminal act.

Settling out of court

Spitzer had his chance to investigate, just like Justice Warren.

The go looked somewhat like this: "Shut your mouth and we'll make you Governor, keep it up and we'll find you a job as a security agent.." Not that this appointment automatically makes him the ultimate gatekeeper, but if you're looking for 'justice' let's look no further than to investigate the honesty of the DLC, and of Hillary, and Dean's current 'bi-partisan' positions on the occupation of Iraq.

Or, maybe we need to reinvestigate Nelson Rockefeller's role as Governor, brother David's position as CEO of the Port Authority...

And what was the up-side of the $2.5B that the Red Cross collected for these victims? The Gov. offered the same gag-order, at what, 12¢ on the dollar?

For me this is the most

For me this is the most disgraceful act of the government on the very heros they laud and parade themselves with! They clearly had to know the potential of the risks and ACTIVELY refused them protection because some people might be "concerned" and "frightened". Yet they can then raise and lower the terror threat at will and intimidate the population with false flags and other seeding of the media with "TERROR THREATS".

If for no other reason GW should be impeached for this! Good people dying for easily prevented reasons. I really want to change my species when I think on some level I am connected to these filth.