Bipartisan deal would allow 9/11 families to access more funding

A new bill in Congress will change the eligibility requirements for the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund. If passed this week, September 11th spouses and children could access half of the fund. The other half would go to victims of other terrorist attacks, reports Craig Schneider for Newsday.

The fund’s money comes via penalties imposed on countries found to be sponsors of terrorist acts. The fund is open to the hostages kidnapped in 1979 at the U.S. Embassy in Iran and to families of the Marines murdered in the 1983 bombing of a Marine barracks in Beirut.

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