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Senate Reaches Agreement On 9/11 Health Bill

December 24, 2010 by  

Senate reaches agreement on 9/11 health billSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has announced that Democrats and Republicans have reached a deal that will provide aid to emergency workers who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.

According to media reports, the bill will be worth about $4 billion, which is approximately $2 billion less than previous amounts proposed by Democrats. The measure is designed to pay for medical aid to first responders on 9/11, including firefighters, police and emergency personnel.

Many of the workers have become ill because of their exposure to dangerous toxins during the rescue and clean-up efforts.

Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) released a joint statement, calling the agreement a "Christmas miracle."

"Over the last 24 hours, our Republican colleagues have negotiated in good-faith to forge a workable final package that will protect the health of the men and women who selflessly answered our nation's call in her hour of greatest need," the statement read.

After the Senate passes the measure, it will head to the House of Representatives. According to FOX News, about 140 members of the chamber are absent from Capitol Hill — leaving less than 300 — even though the chamber has yet to adjourn for the Christmas holiday. House rules require a minimum of 218 members for a quorum, so it appears its members will still be able to conduct business. 

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  • http://com i41

    That was a giant pay offto the unions and trail lawyers. Every case like this the lawyers get half and the victum get less than 50%, Also what the hell is the problem with the unions insurance policy, again that is a example ofthe socialist dems talking out both ends of therir orifices. Nobody knows where the money is going and to whom, typical slush fund for the dem elits.

  • J.M.R.

    i41 right on and how much pork was in it..

  • Kim

    Tellin’ it like it is, i41. Where does that money come from? I wonder why don’t the unions take care of their members? Hmmm, $4B,…well if we can keep Obama from going on any other $2B flights of fancy, there’s half of it, and I’d rather it go to first responders than Obama.

  • chuckb

    it wouldn’t surprise me that some money will go to a lot of fraudulent claims by people near that area. everyone who sneazed from the dust has probably obtained a huckster lawyer. the unions will end up with the rest, some more payoff from barry.
    the money should go to the kids that lost their arms and legs from eid’s in rag head land. the people who lost loved ones in the towers got some where around $1m a piece, losing some one is always tramatic, but, a million dollars! and a lot of that probably went to lawyers.
    between barrys vacations and payoff to unions it’s no wonder the country is bankrupt.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      chuckb,
      It being Christmas and all, I think a little levity is called for.
      This should explain Nobama’s lack of school records quite handily.
      >
      >
      Boss: Well, you seem to have everything a job candidate should have….and you’ve just gotten out of Yale. Now what was your name again?
      Nobummer: Yohnson!!!

  • rats

    Didnt these people take these jobs. Dont they no that being in these jobs could be risky. There are other people like soilders, border patrol agents etc, that have risky jobs that do not get these special treatments.Its sad.

  • MLK

    A good cause, no doubt, but right now the country is broke. This is like a person in debt who owes money to everybody making more promises to spend.

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