Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-08), whose district includes Ground Zero, today appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health to urge lawmakers to adopt H.R. 6594, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2008.
“This is the beginning of the end of a collective seven-year struggle in advancing this important issue,” said Rep. Nadler. “This bill will ensure that the living victims of the 9/11 attacks have a right to health care for their World Trade Center-related illnesses and a route to compensation for their economic losses. It will provide critical support for those affected by the attacks – be they our heroic first responders, area workers, resident, students or others – through a stable, long-term approach that builds on successful, existing programs. I urge my colleagues to act quickly and adopt this measure.”
That bill was authored by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Nadler, Vito Fossella (NY-13) and Peter King (NY-3) and will provide medical monitoring to those exposed to the toxic aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks and treatment and compensation to those who are sick or injured as a result.