9/11 Victim Compensation Fund bill has the votes it needs to clear the House

The Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act now has 226 cosponsors in the House of Representatives; enough for the bill to pass the House. A bill needs 218 votes in order to pass.

This time, sick recovery workers – some in wheelchairs or with oxygen in tow – have lobbied in Washington for many weeks, trying to persuade politicians of the need for care, reports Michael McAuliff for the New York Daily News. They were forced to do the same in 2015, before Congress would act.

If the bill does not pass, the VCF will run out of money next year, despite thousands falling ill because of their exposure to the World Trade Center toxins.

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