First Responders

Revealed: Chamber lobbied against 9/11 health bill to save foreign members on taxes

By Nathan Diebenow
Saturday, December 18th, 2010

The US Chamber of Commerce lobbied to kill a bill that would have helped cover medical expenses and compensation for first responders and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to documents available online.

The Chamber's aim was to keep open a tax loophole benefiting foreign corporations that the $7.4 billion bill would have closed to provide funding for the American emergency workers.

In a letter opposing the 9/11 bill, R. Bruce Josten, the Chamber's executive vice president for Government Affairs, cautioned that closing the tax loophole would harm US trade relationships and financial markets.

The Daily Show: 9/11 First Responders React to the Senate Filibuster

Daily Show: 9/11 First Responders React to the Senate Filibuster - Thursday December 16, 2010
9/11 first responders watch as Mitch McConnell cries over a friend's retirement, and Jon Kyl explains why the Senate can't work the week after Christmas.

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Republican Senator Calls Cops on 9-11 Responders

9-11 first reponders | Dec. 16, 2010

WASHINGTON - Republican senators were so worried about meeting with 9-11 responders who came here Thursday that at least one called the cops on them, the Daily News has learned.

Even before the nine responders had a chance to start visiting senators' offices - where they intended to stay until meeting with lawmakers - they were greeted by Capitol Police, who had been called by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.).

Collins apparently reacted to a story in Thursday's News, which quoted a letter to senators from 9/11 advocate John Feal. It warned that he and others planned to sit in offices until they got meetings - or the police made them leave.


Ground Zero workers settle: Over $625 million will be paid to 10,000+ workers exposed to toxic air.

Most 9/11 responders settle suit over toxic dust: More than 10,000 ground zero workers involved in legal deal

NEW YORK — More than 10,000 workers exposed to the tons of toxic dust that blanketed ground zero after the World Trade Center fell have ended their bruising legal fight with New York City and joined a settlement worth at least $625 million, officials said Friday.

The deal will resolve an overwhelming majority of the lawsuits over the city's failure to provide protective equipment to the army of construction workers, police officers and firefighters who spent months clearing and sifting rubble after Sept. 11.

Among the thousands who sued, claiming that soot at the site got into their lungs and made them sick, more than 95 percent eligible for the settlement agreed to take the offer. Only 520 said no or failed to respond.

City officials and lawyers for the workers said they welcomed a resolution to a case that had pitted New York and a long list of demolition companies against the very men and women who helped lower Manhattan recover.

"This settlement is a fair and just resolution of these claims, protecting those who came to the aid of this City when we needed it most," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.

NYPD lays to rest one of its 9/11 heroes; PBA head Lynch says we must help first responders


NYPD lays to rest one of its 9/11 heroes; PBA head Lynch says we must help first responders

By Phil Corso and Corky Siemaszko
Daily News Writers

Farriella for NewsCops carry the casket of fellow officer David Mahmound into St Francis De Sales
Church in Patchogue, Long Island Tuesday. He died from a vicious form of cancer after helping at Ground Zero.

As death toll of 9/11 responders nears 1,000, pols want autopsy standards to pinpoint causes

from the NY DAILY NEWS today, Nov 11, 2010

As death toll of 9/11 responders nears 1,000, pols want autopsy standards to pinpoint causes

WASHINGTON - The staggering death toll for Ground Zero responders has soared past 916 - and still no one knows what really killed them.

Now, nine years after the terror attacks, doctors and some New York lawmakers are urging the federal Department of Health and Human Services to draft autopsy protocols to pinpoint 9/11-related fatalities, the Daily News has learned.

Astonishingly, there are no written standards to help doctors diagnose post-9/11 deaths, leaving a void that's wreaked enormous emotional pain and conflict on survivors.

"It was heart-wrenching," said Joe Zadroga, who watched his NYPD officer son, James, slowly deteriorate from scarred lungs until he died in 2007.

9/11 rescue workers have until Monday to accept $800 million settlement

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Thousands of rescue workers sickened after the September 11 attacks in New York have until the end of Monday to accept a settlement that could near 800 million dollars.

A settlement on Friday saw a subgroup of workers compensated 28 million dollars for exposure to debris removed and transferred from Ground Zero to Staten Island by marine transportation company Weeks Marine.

But US District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein said in a related order that the plaintiffs could only claim compensation for it if they backed the larger agreement for up to 712.5 million dollars.

That settlement with New York City was reached in June and requires approval from 95 percent of the plaintiffs by 11:59 pm (0459 GMT) on Monday in order to be validated.

The proposed funds would be used for payments to the roughly 10,000 firefighters, health workers, police and other emergency responders who sought legal remedy after falling ill from toxic dust and debris emanating from the destroyed World Trade Center nine years ago.

Video: 9/11 WTC Lobby Analysis Video

Video: 9/11 WTC Lobby Analysis Video

Posted by sakerfa on August 29th, 2010

The following is a review of some of the only known footage from inside the towers on the day of 9/11. The original footage was captured by the Naudet brothers, who were filming a documentary on New York Firefighters. The lobby of the World Trade Center Towers had an abnormal amount of damage on 9/11, and the Naudet film captures some of that.

Obama comes out in favor of 9/11 health bill

Obama comes out in favor of 9/11 health billObama comes out in favor of 9/11 health bill

By Samuel Goldsmith and Richard Sisk

WASHINGTON — In a breakthrough for first responders, President Obama broke his silence on the Zadroga bill Wednesday and backed the uphill drive to get the legislation through Congress.

DEADLINE: 9/11 First Responders Urged To Register For Compensations

911 First Responders Urged To Register For CompensationsDEADLINE: 9/11 First Responders Urged To Register For Compensations


Weeks after its defeat in the House of Representatives, members of Congress are still vowing to bring the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act up for another vote this fall.

9/11 responders demand justice

RT filmed this emotional footage of 9/11 first responders pouring their hearts out at a speech just blocks away from where the twin towers fell. The rally was in response to Congress defeating a federal bill that would have provided billions of dollars in health care for those sickened by toxins released by the collapse of the World Trade Center towers Sept. 11, 2001.

9/11 Health Bill; John Stewart gives up

Many of us remember how John Stewart took on the financial industry after a not so well thought out burst of opinion by CNBC's Rick Santelli on the floor of the CME. It lead to many discussions around the water cooler and the MSM elite had to send out a veteran cronie in Jim Cramer to try and smooth things out before some real truths about our financial system surfaced to the public conscienceness. With any luck, John Stewart's amdonishment of our pathetic and spineless congress in not passing the Zigroda 9/11 First Responder Health Care Bill will have the same effect. Here it is in case you missed it.

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Bid to Revive 9/11 Care Bill


AUGUST 3, 2010

Bid to Revive 9/11 Care Bill

Lawmakers Try to Resolve Standoff


WASHINGTON—New York lawmakers have begun discussing ways of rescuing a bill to provide health care for ill Ground Zero workers following its defeat on the House floor last week after a bitter battle.

The bill was voted down late Thursday night amid angry partisan finger-pointing, and now Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney and others have begun weighing options to make the bill more tolerable to factions on the right and left.

The bill sparked a nasty public fight between two New York lawmakers—Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican, and Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Queens Democrat—over the use of a parliamentary procedure to vote on the bill without amendments, requiring a two-thirds vote rather than a simple majority.

As the bill headed for defeat, Messrs. King and Weiner engaged in a furious shouting match on the House floor—not uncommon among lawmakers, but rarely seen between two from the same state who voted together on the bill in question.

Sick 9/11 responders rally against lawmakers for not passing Zadroga bill, plan Washington protest

BY Lore Croghan

Sunday, August 1st 2010

Sick 9/11 responders protested lawmakers who failed to pass the<br />
Zadroga health care bill.

Sick 9/11 responders protested lawmakers who failed to pass the Zadroga health care bill.

Sickened 9/11 responders vented their fury Sunday against lawmakers who failed to pass the Zadroga health care bill - and vowed to stage a massive protest rally in Washington when Congress returns from a six-week vacation.

House rejects bill to aid sick 9/11 responders