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|Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 10:49 pm Post subject: Congressional Caucus on 9/11 Health
From Tue Dec 19, 2006 2:00 am to Fri Dec 22, 2006 1:59 am (included)
|For Immediate Release
December 19, 2006 Contact: Afshin Mohamadi (Maloney)
Craig Donner (Fossella)
Reps. Maloney and Fossella to Co-Chair
Congressional Caucus on 9/11 Health
Caucus formed to help thousands still sick from exposure to Ground Zero toxins
WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens) and Vito Fossella (R-Staten Island) today announced the creation of a congressional caucus to address the need of the thousands of men and women who are still sick from exposure to the toxins of Ground Zero. The caucus will be formally known as The 9/11 Health Caucus and will be co-chaired by Representatives Maloney and Fossella.
The mission of the caucus is to push the federal government to develop a long-term plan that allows for the medical monitoring of everyone exposed to the toxins of Ground Zero and treatment for anyone who is sick. In a letter sent to all members of the House of Representatives, Maloney and Fossella invited their colleagues to join the caucus as a way to show their support for the heroes of 9/11 and work together toward finding a solution to this growing health emergency.
Underscoring the need for the creation of the 9/11 Health Caucus, Maloney said, “There are thousands of men and women who were exposed to the toxins of Ground Zero and are not getting the medical monitoring and treatment they need and deserve. The formation of this caucus is a way to focus the attention of Congress to this problem. It is my hope that my colleagues will join this caucus in a show of support for the heroes of 9/11 and work with us to ensure that everyone exposed to the toxins of Ground Zero is medically monitored and anyone who is sick receives treatment.”
Fossella said, “We have had to fight for every victory to help the 9/11 responders and area residents who are sick or injured as a result of the September 11th attacks. with no federal plan in place as of today and funding for critical monitoring and treatment programs almost depleted, it is essential for the administration and congress to devote adequate resources for the men and women affected by 9/11. this caucus will play a leadership role in ensuring that the needs of the sick or injured remain a priority in the upcoming congress.”
The formation of the caucus comes one day after a meeting between Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. John Agwunobi, Members of the New York Congressional Delegation and groups representing sick 9/11 responders, Ground Zero area residents, workers and school children. It was learned at this meeting that the federal government still has not developed a plan for this health emergency and previously released federal funding will run out by the summer of 2007.