Legislation triples the number of 9/11 responders and victims eligible for relief fund

The government has agreed to expand the number of people who can be admitted to treatment programs for those sick from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, reports Michael McAuliff for the New York Daily News.

Astonishingly, this has happened relatively painlessly and without forcing the sick to go to Congress and beg, largely because funding was already in place.

“Congress got together very quickly on this in a bipartisan fashion, and it shows their commitment to 9/11 responders and survivors,” said Ben Chevat, the director of Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act.

The Senate still needs to agree to the current deal, but the Daily News knows of no objections to the increase.

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