Sen. Tom Coburn to Block Zadroga Bill

via Huffington Post :

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) plans to block legislation that would provide additional aid to cover the health care costs of 9/11 first responders, one of the senator's aides told The Wall Street Journal Tuesday morning.

Senate Republicans have opposed the measure, also called the Zadroga bill, first over concerns that it would take precedence over a plan to extend the Bush tax cuts -- a deal that has since been reached -- and now due to issues with the cost-control measures and $7.4 billion cost of the legislation. That money would go toward covering the medical bills of 9/11 emergency workers who have suffered from health complications following the inhalation of toxic chemicals at Ground Zero.

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.


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.

First Responder Confronts Kucinich on 9/11 Aid

David Miller, a first responder suffering from Mesothelioma (related to asbestos exposure) confronted Congressman Dennis Kucinich to demand he do more to represent the dire needs of the some 50,000 rescue workers sick and dying from exposure to toxic air at ground zero.

House bill would make U.S. pay for 9/11 responders' health care, Victim Compensation Fund, Lisa Schneider


House bill would make U.S. pay for 9/11 responders' health care
Measure co-sponsored by Fossella also would reopen Victim Compensation Fund

Friday, March 23, 2007


STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE -- Thousands of Islanders stand to benefit from a bill introduced in Congress yesterday that calls for federally funded medical care and compensation for those who became ill or were injured as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Rep. Vito Fossella (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) co-sponsored the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which, if passed, would provide federal funding for medical care and long-term medical monitoring of everyone exposed to the toxic dust on and after Sept. 11, 2001.

It also would reopen the federal Victim Compensation Fund, which closed in December 2003.

"We've lost many Staten Islanders," Fossella said yesterday. "We also had people who valiantly responded who are seeing their quality of life greatly diminished."