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Five Years and Still No Federal 9/11 Health Plan 1/23

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Contact: Afshin Mohamadi (Maloney)


Craig Donner (Fossella)


Risa Heller (Schumer)


Clinton Press Office


Five Years and Still No Federal 9/11 Health Plan:

Sick 9/11 Responders In D.C. to Attend the

State of the Union Will Speak to Press

Reps. Maloney, Fossella, Hinchey and Nadler,

Sens. Schumer and Clinton to join them

WASHINGTON, DC 9/11 responders made sick by the toxic air at Ground Zero who have waited more than five years since the 9/11 attacks for a federal 9/11 health plan will sit in the gallery for President Bushs State of the Union Address. Earlier in the day, they will be joined by members of the New York delegation to speak to the press.

The responders are asking for a federal plan, and with the first and only dose of federal funds for 9/11 health treatment running out, they are also calling on President Bush to include regular and ample 9/11 health funding in his budget proposal. In December, Bush Administration officials stated that 9/11 treatment programs that currently receive federal funding may have to shut their doors as early as next summer unless they receive another round of federal support.

WHAT: Sick 9/11 Responders Attending SOTU to Speak to Press About the Lack of Federal Help More Than Five Years After 9/11 Attacks

WHO: Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY)

Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY)

9/11 responders John Sferazo and Marvin Bethea

Joseph Zadroga, father of deceased 9/11 responder James Zadroga

Robert Gulack, lower Manhattan office worker

Ceasar Borja, Jr., son of ailing NYPD officer Ceasar Borja

Lieutenant Martin T. Fullam, FDNY

Dr. Robin Herbert, Director of the WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program,Data & Coordination Center

Others TBA



WHERE: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building

(Financial Services Committee hearing room)


Afshin Mohamadi

Communications Director

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)


cell: 202-225-3703


For Immediate Release Contact: Joe Soldevere (Maloney), 212-860-0606
January 22, 2007 Craig Donner (Fossella), 718-356-5039

Risa Heller (Schumer), 212-486-3627

Nina Blackwell (Clinton), 917-584-4314

Ari Goldberg (Nadler), 202-225-0741

9/11 Responders to Attend State of the Union Address

with Gallery Passes Provided by NY Senators, Reps.

-Senators, Reps. and Responders Call for More Treatment $

in President's Budget, Plan to Treat and Monitor 9/11 Ill-

Current Treatment Funds Will Run Out This Summer,

Funds for 2008 Nonexistent

New York, NY - Today, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), Congressman Vito Fossella (R-Staten Island, Brooklyn) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn) gathered at Ground Zero with a group of 9/11 responders, family members and others who will be attending tomorrow's State of the Union Address.

Those heading to Washington include John Sferazo and Marvin Bethea of the Unsung Heroes Helping Heroes Foundation; Joseph, Linda and Tylerann Zadroga, the father, mother and daughter of 9/11 responder James Zadroga, who died last year of an illness caused by 9/11; Ceasar Borja, Jr., the son of retired NYPD officer and 9/11 responder Ceasar Borja, who is in need of a lung transplant; and Robert Gulack, a Manhattan office worker suffering lung damage because of exposure to World Trade Center debris.

With the first and only dose of federal funds for 9/11 health treatment running out, the elected officials and responders called on President Bush to include ample 9/11 health funding, both for this year and for 2008, in his upcoming budget proposal. The participants also requested that the Bush Administration develop a comprehensive plan to monitor everyone exposed to Ground Zero toxins and treat anyone who is sick as a result.

"The administration needs to do the right thing for those who have given so much," Senator Schumer said. "It is time for the Administration to step up and provide adequate funding for monitoring and treatment for the 9/11 workers in the President's FY 08 budget."

"These first responders, volunteers and their families are living proof of our very real need to provide for their medical treatment, now and in the future. I hope that as the President presents the State of the Union on Tuesday night, he acknowledges their situation and provides the funding in the upcoming budget that is needed to take care of these brave and selfless people who never questioned their responsibility on 9/11 and are now paying a terrible price," Senator Clinton said.

"The President must act now or 9/11 health clinics are going to get foreclosure notices," said Rep. Maloney. "We cannot let that happen. More responders should not have to die before we finally do right by the heroes of 9/11. It is well past time for 9/11 responders and lower Manhattan residents to get the care they need and deserve."

Rep. Fossella said, "We have made progress over the last year to begin getting the resources necessary to help our 9/11 heroes. However, we now need a significant investment by the federal government into health monitoring and treatment for those who are sick or injured. In addition, the federal government must develop a comprehensive plan to address the health impacts of 9/11. We continue urging the White House to provide adequate funding in the 2008 budget to help all those who are sick or injured as a result of the terror attacks."

"The Federal, State, and City governments are clearly culpable for recklessly allowing thousands of people to be exposed to environmental toxins in the days following 9/11," said Rep. Nadler. "And yet, we are seeing 9/11 victims struggling to pay health care costs with inadequate or no insurance, a horrendous number of worker's compensation claims rejected, and a government still failing to test and clean up apartments, workspaces and schools, which would prevent more people from getting sick."

Senators Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton and Reps. Maloney, Nadler and Maurice Hinchey gave their gallery passes to the State of the Union to the responders, who will highlight the urgent need for additional federal funding for 9/11 health treatment and monitoring.

In a meeting with NY elected officials last month, the Bush Administration appointees responsible for directing the federal government's 9/11 health policy were informed that health treatment programs that have received federal funding will likely run out of money and be forced to close their doors as early as this summer. More than 32,000 people are registered in the two major treatment programs, operated by Mt. Sinai Hospital and the New York City Fire Department.


January 28, 2003: 9/11 RESCUERS SAY: PLEASE HEAR US; Members of Congress Host Ground Zero Responders at Tonight's State of the Union Address to Urge Help for 40,000 In Need of Attention.


February 02, 2005: A State of the Union Reminder: Health Effects of 9/11 Are Still a Problem. 2 years after attending State of the Union to make their case, sick 9/11 responders and area residents will be at speech.


Janury 31, 2006: Ailing 9/11 Responder to Sit in Balcony at State of the Union; Bethea, as guest of Rep. Maloney, hopes Washington will pay attention to 9/11 health crisis, need for 9/11 health czar.


December 18, 2006: Senator Clinton, Reps. Maloney and Fossella hosted the Bush Administration's 9/11 health task force and urged the President to include treatment funds in his budget for 2007. The Administration officials were told that federally-funded 9/11 treatment programs, begun in October, may shut their doors by summer without additional federal funding.


October 27, 2006: $40 million, the very first federal dollars for the treatment of those suffering from 9/11-related illness, was released by the Department of Health and Human Services. Secretary Michael Leavitt has acknowledged that this money was only a "down payment," and doctors who have monitored sick responders have testified before Congress that the crisis must be viewed as a problem that will persist for a few decades, not just a few years.


April 27, 2006: Reps. Fossella, Maloney, Nadler, Senator Clinton Host 9/11 Health Coordinator for Briefing on Federal Response to Health Impacts of 9/11


February 27, 2006: 9/11 Health Coordinator to Oversee Feds' Response to Ground Zero Health Impacts

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