Bloomberg To Congress: 9/11 Victims Need More Help

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Marks 9/11

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (File)



Mar 21, 2007 11:49 am US/Eastern

Bloomberg To Congress: 9/11 Victims Need More Help

(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked Congress today to reopen the compensation fund for 9/11 terrorism victims, saying the city could otherwise lose billions of dollars to lawsuits.

Bloomberg says just because injuries and illnesses have been slower to emerge should not disqualify people from getting the help they need.

Bloomberg appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where Democrats have pledged to do more for sick Ground Zero workers than the Republican-controlled Congress did in past years.

The $7 billion compensation fund was created by Congress soon after the attacks.

The fund paid out an average of $2.1 million to the families of those killed. It also paid an average of $400,000 for the 2,680 claims of injuries from the terrorist attacks.

In the past two years, health experts and advocates have warned there are thousands of fire, police, recovery, and construction personnel who may suffer lifelong illnesses from their exposure to the toxic dust of the scene.

The mayor contended that the cost of treating those who are sick or could become sick from exposure to World Trade Center debris is $393 million a year.

is there perhaps a billionaire who we could sue over this?

I mean, it would have to be someone who could be proven at the very least negligent in allowing the buildings to be rigged for demolition under everyone's nose, if not actually complicit in their destruction... now WHO could that be?


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