A compromise bill to provide free medical treatment and compensation to first responders of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attach won final approval from the House and Senate, sending it to President Obama to be signed into law.
This bill passed on a voice vote in the Senate, and then on a 206-60 vote in the House on the final day of the lame duck session of Congress.
The bill has now been amended to include a check of all claimants for possible listing as terrorists and reduces total compensation and time restraints.
To all members of the United States Congress and President Obama,
We the undersigned demand that Congress remove the caveat that requires a terrorist list check be removed from this [Victims Compensation Fund] bill. We are outraged by the callous, uncaring and deceitful actions of both houses of Congress. True American heroes are being treated as possible terror suspects, further this new reorganization of the bill reduces the funding from 6.2 billion in the Senate version and 7.5 billion from the version passed in the House, leaving only 4.2 billion for total compensation. This includes preventing claimants from pursuing civil lawsuits and closes the Victims Compensation Fund in 2016 rather then in 2031.
Significantly, let it be noted that the passage of this bill is not a cause for celebration. Those who willingly put their own lives "on the line" to save others from death and those who worked for weeks to find the remains of victims, should be treated with the admiration and respect of a grateful nation. Instead it has taken over 9 years to bring this bill to fruition and now only with the stipulation that these true heroes be inspected as possible terrorists before finally receiving limited health benefits.
The United States Congress had the opportunity to do something noble, this has now turned to dust. The folly of inspecting these brave men and women who selflessly served voluntarily will face even further delays of desperately needed health care. This money spent on inspections and limitations could be used to save lives. The citizens signing this petition are embarrassed by the actions of the United States Congress. This petition serves as a plea to President Obama to not sign this farce of a bill, rather that it be returned to the House and Senate for a full rewrite to honor the First Responders.
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