Senate votes to extend 9/11 victims’ fund for first responders who’ve become sick since 2001 attacks

After years of ignoring the problem, the Senate voted 97 to 2 today to renew the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act for those sick from their exposure to the World Trade Center after 9/11 workers.

Senator Gillibrand, the sponsor of the bill told the Senate, “The eyes of the nation are looking at this chamber today to see if we finally will stand by our 9/11 heroes for the rest of their lives. This should never have been a fight, it should never have taken this long to pass this bill and make it permanent,” report Devlin Barrett and Kayla Epstein for the Washington Post.

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