UPDATE: DECEMBER 30, 2010
Victory, after a long, long struggle!
Last week, on the last day of the 111th Congress, the Senate overcame last minute obstruction by Republican Senators to pass by unanimous consent a much-reduced version of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Up until the last day it was unclear whether Republican Senators, led by Oklahoma's Tom Coburn and Wyoming's Mike Enzi, would delay and therefore scuttle the vote.
The revised bill then went immediately back to the House where it passed a second time by 206-60 with a significant number of House members already out of town for the holidays.
The revised bill will provide $4.2 billion (down from $7.4 billion in the version passed by the House in September) over five years (also reduced from the House version) for much needed health care for affected 9/11 responders and survivors and the reopening of the Victims Compensation Fund closed more than seven years ago. As of the end of 2010 the bill awaits the President's signature, which is imminent.
The next fight will be over reauthorization of the program in five year, when we may need your help again. Thank you to all of the members of Change.org who signed this petition. Your help was most appreciated!
For further information on 9/11 health issues, please periodically visit our website www.911ea.org, (We are currently updating the site and will re-launch in January.)
-9/11 Environmental Action
In late September, our struggle for 9/11 health justice took a major step forward when the House of Representatives passed H.R. 847, the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act -- which would protect the health of tens of thousands of people affected by the worst act of terror in our nation's history. Sometime in December, the Senate will take up the bill. Please act now. Urge both of your Senators to vote for this important legislation as passed by the House of Representatives and referred to the Senate.
9/11 was an attack on our nation that killed nearly 3000. What you may not know is that tens of thousands of people are now sick as a result of the World Trade Center attacks from breathing in the toxic fumes and dust that resulted from the collapse and burning of the Twin Towers.
Some of those people were the heroic responders who toiled on the "pile" in the rescue and recovery operation. They came to the WTC site from every state in the country and risked their lives to help others.
Some were the civilians targeted by the terrorists -- people who lived, worked or attended school in the densely populated area around the WTC, as well as people who were visiting NYC. Many were caught in the toxic cloud when the towers collapsed. Many were encouraged to remain in or return to heavily contaminated neighborhoods, when our government falsely assured them that the air was safe.
Many affected responders and survivors are sick and some are dying. The help provided under the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act is long overdue. Please urge both of your Senators to vote to pass this critical bill.
It is vitally important for Senators to understand that folks all over the country want to see this legislation passed.
After you have signed, please forward the link to friends, family members and contacts, especially those outside of New York State. Please ask them to sign the petition too and ask them to pass it on to their friends, family members and contacts.
Then, if you are on social networking media, please direct people's attention to the petition. For example, please post the link to your Facebook status.
Thank you for your much-needed help.
9/11 was an attack on our nation that targeted civilians. Heroic responders then rushed to their defense and spent months at Ground Zero. Some have died because of their service to our country. All those who were harmed as a result of this attack, responders and survivors alike, need and deserve the right kind of medical help -- help that this bill will provide. It is now nine years since the attacks. I urge you to help make this just federal health response to 9/11 a reality.
Please let me know that you support this legislation. I look forward to hearing from you.