House Judiciary Committee Approves Funds For Sept. 11 First Responders

WASHINGTON DC- JUNE 11 Former Daily Show Host Jon Stewart is sworn in before testifying during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund on Capitol Hill

In a hearing room packed with first responders, Stewart berated lawmakers in attendance. He added that the disrespect shown to first responders now suffering from respiratory ailments and other illnesses "is utterly unacceptable".

In his opening statements during the Tuesday committee hearing, Chairman Jerry Nadler, Congressman from the 10th District of NY, shared photos from the day of the attacks and the time immediately afterward which depicted the overwhelming levels of toxic pollution that filled the lungs of first responders and survivors.

The measure heads for a full House vote where it is likely to pass with overwhelming support.

The bill approves additional money to keep the Victims Compensation Fund operating through 2090.

Wednesday's vote, nearly two a protracted time after the catastrophe, moves to elongate the fund through to the 2090 fiscal year. "Eighteen years later, manufacture yours".

Though it was supposed to be funded till 2020, those administering it allege a fresh spike in claims has left the fund in possibility of working out. "I'm sorry if I sound angry and undiplomatic, but I am angry, and you should be too", Stewart said, according to C-Span.

How did we get hang of right here?


As much as 80,000 folks - including firemen, law enforcement officers, emergency workers, contractors and cleansing workers - are believed to have rushed to the assist of victims within the aftermath of 9/11.

In doing so, many exposed themselves to toxic particles within the air, including asbestos, lead, and pulverized concrete, which causes silicosis.

As of September 2018, 2,000 deaths had been attributed to 9/11 related illness. By the top of previous year, many estimate that more folks will have died from toxic exposures than had been in actual fact killed within the attack.

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They included Luis Alvarez, a retired NYPD detective who was once about to open up his 69th spherical of chemotherapy for liver most cancers.

"This fund is now not a impress to paradise", he said. "It's there to give for our families after we won't".

The VCF used to be at the delivery created in 2001, at as soon as following the attacks.

Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in 2010, over opposition from some Republicans who balked at its $7 billion price tag.

Some credit him with its eventual approval after then President Barack Obama signed it into legislation in 2011.

Though it used to be at the starting up accredited to settle for claims till October 2016, the fund's time restrict used to be later prolonged till December 2020. A total of 835 awards have been reduced as of May 31, she said.

The build are we now?


Anger and frustration over the fund have been growing since February, when it was announced that future payouts will be cut as much as 70 percent to offset surging claims from those who are ill and the families of those who have died.

Mr Bhattacharyya acknowledged the VCF purchased a document different of recent claims purchased in 2018, and is already no longer astray to surpass that number this year. That's extra claims than in the first 5 years of the fund blended - when handiest 19,000 claims had been filed. The fund has viewed a principal rise in claims in the past two years - over 24,000 claims in 2017, 2018 and January 2019.

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