Toxic politics: Downtown pols, advocates slam Trump for kneecapping WTC Health Program

Rescue and recovery workers from the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 rallied in Washington D.C. to protest the proposed federal budget’s item that would strip the World Trade Center Health Program of its experienced staff and leave sick recovery workers to the mercy of bureaucrats, reports Colin Mixson of the Downtown Express.

Currently the World Trade Center Health Program is run by experienced experts at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The proposed budget would force the 83,000 registrants with the Health Program to rely on the National Institute of Health, an agency completely inexperienced in World Trade Center illnesses and eliminate NIOSH from the World Trade Center Health Program.

‘“The World Trade Center Health Program works,” said Congressman Jerrold Nadler. “Why on earth would we change it now, just two years after Congress reviewed and reauthorized it?”’

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