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Congressional 'Special Order' Speeches on the 9/11 Health

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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 8:25 pm    Post subject: Congressional 'Special Order' Speeches on the 9/11 Health
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For Immediate Release Contact: Joe Soldevere, (212) 860-0606
May 9, 2007

Rep. Maloney and Colleagues

to Take to the House Floor Tonight

on Behalf of Americans Sick, Injured from 9/11

-Series of 'Special Order' Speeches on National Scope of 9/11 Health Crisis,

Pressing Need for Federal Treatment, Monitoring Plan-

Washington, D.C. - Tonight, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) will lead her House colleagues in a series of "Special Order" speeches on the 9/11 health crisis. Special Order speeches are conducted after the close of legislative business in the House and give Members of Congress an opportunity to talk about important issues that were not considered during the day's regular House session. The speeches are expected to begin approximately three hours after the day's final House vote, or sometime between 9:00 and 11:00pm.

A host of Members of Congress from the Tri-State area and beyond will join Maloney on the House floor tonight, including Reps. Vito Fossella (R-NY), Christopher Shays (R-CT), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Charles Dent (R-PA).

Earlier this week, the FDNY released the first study to definitively link Ground Zero toxins to an often fatal disease. The report showed that firefighters who responded to the 9/11 attacks are suffering from sarcoidosis, a rare and debilitating disease that attacks the lungs and other vital organs, at a much higher rate than normal.

Members of the New York-area Congressional delegation have repeatedly pressed the Bush Administration to provide details on its plan to medically monitor and treat all Americans whose health was compromised by the 9/11 attacks. The Administration had said that it would finalize its plan by February 2007, but to date no such plan has been shared with Congress or the public.

Additionally, Maloney and Fossella recently released a report showing that people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Registry. According to the report, thousands of Americans from throughout the country were in the immediate vicinity of Ground Zero in the months following 9/11 and have since signed up for the Registry, which will track changes in their physical and mental health over the next 20 years.

Earlier this year, Maloney and Fossella introduced with strong bipartisan support the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, the first legislation to provide both health care and compensation for those who are sick or injured as a result of the 9/11 attacks.
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