Republican Senator Calls Cops on 9-11 Responders

Collins is among the senators the 9/11 community hopes will come over to their side, but her call to authorities left them wondering if they could succeed.

"I'm deeply disappointed in Sen. Collins for calling the Capitol Police, but they welcomed us with open arms," said Feal, although he wound up with a police escort for the first stops on his visit.

"I'm more disappointed that Susan Collins is hiding behind ideology, and now the police, to stop from helping us. And the people she called to stop us are just like us. It's a little ironic."

Officers eventually determined he and his team were not threatening and left them alone.

Only one Republican has agreed to back the $7.4 billion James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and even he - Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois - voted against bringing it up until the Bush-era tax cuts are extended.

Collins' office did not immediately comment on why she was worried enough about the 9/11 responders to call police.

The advocates - all of whom worked at Ground Zero - are growing desperate with time running out in the Senate.

The Zadroga Act either needs to be attached to other legislation or passed on its own before the year ends, and the calendar is crowded with other measures.

Procedural hurdles can also be thrown in the way of any bill if senators don't want to deal with a measure.

If the bill does not pass this year, it is all but dead. The responders are so concerned they also targeted Democrats who voted for the bill, hoping to inspire leaders to take every step possible.

Their luck wasn't much better. A group of retired cops, construction workers and firefighters heading to visit the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) bumped into the Rev. Jesse Jackson leaving a meeting there.

Jackson stopped and held an impromptu prayer circle with them in the hallway, but Schumer strolled by, waited for an elevator and hopped on without a word.

"It was disrespectful," said former NYPD emergency services cop Glen Klein. "It seems like he's not concerned about our welfare. He could have at least stopped as said hello."

A Schumer spokesman said the senator was in a rush to get to a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and the responders met with Schumer's top two staffers.

"Hopefully he was on his way to a meeting to get a vote on our bill," Feal said.

VIDEO: No justice for 9-11 first responders

From Fealgood Foundation Rep.

From Fealgood Foundation Rep. Anne Marie Baumann: "We are pleased to announce that majority Leader Harry Reid has announced within the last hour, on the floor of the US Senate that our bill HR847 (James Zadroga Bill) will be going on the floor next week for an " up and down" vote."

Our representatives are

Our representatives are pathetic. If they don't care about these people, they care about no one.

Pathetic isn't quite the word I would use

for these disgusting, careless criminals in office that think they represent the American people. There is absolutely no reason what-so-ever that there should be any kind of debate on whether to help our dying first responders or not, immediately. Nine years is far too long.

Is there any good

Maine 911 Truth groups.

Beacuse, Susan Collins could be the decider of this bill & should be pushed by her voters to say YES.

Why did I remember this woman was not our friend?

Collins coauthored, along with Senator Joe Lieberman, the Collins-Lieberman Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

Congratulations to John Feal, Anne Marie, Glenn, and everyone else from the FealGood Foundation, and congratulations to the 9/11 First Responders who will HOPEFULLY (I'll believe it when I see it) get the healthcare that they need, FINALLY. John Feal is a hero. Again.

Shameless People

Washington is loaded of SHAMELESS people.

We will have to go there by the MILLIONS.

Friday Morning on NPR the Diane Rheem Show

Diane said during the domestic hour news round up that she has recieved many emails as a result of a recent Jon Stewart show with 911 first responders. The first responder issue was raised on the show and discussed for a few minutes. The fact that the issue was on the burner for the lame duck session and derailed by Repulicans was noted. The panel did not offer much hope for any progress during the current session but hailed the issue as being of great merit.

It's been nearly 10 years

At what point do we determine these people (representatives) need to find other work in another country ?