WASHINGTON, DC — September 11, 2019 — Today marks 18 years since the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. The heroism we witnessed on that day and in the weeks that followed by our first-responders is something I’ll never forget.
And now our nation has finally promised to never forget them.
Earlier this year, I helped lead the passage of a permanent reauthorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. This program provides financial assistance to first-responders and families for the suffering they’ve endured from 9/11 related illness.
Passing this bill permanently was not nearly as easy as it should have been. We fought for many years and often had to settle for temporary reauthorizations just to ensure the program could continue. But now, with bipartisan support from Congress, 9/11 first-responders and their families will receive the care they deeply deserve.
Now, we move onto our next battle. A companion program to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the World Trade Center Health Program, which provides health care to 9/11 victims, has also seen its share of difficulties. In 2015, a cap was placed on the program limiting the number of first-responders who are eligible to receive treatment. 9/11 related illnesses continue to proliferate and capping the program that offers medical care to those individuals is unacceptable.
We need to remove the cap on the World Trade Center Health Program and give the heroes of 9/11 the support they deserve.
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SOURCE: Bryant Daniels | Communications & Deputy District Director | Congressman Eliot L. Engel