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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:35 am    Post subject: $50 Million for 9/11 Health in House Appropriations Bill
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For Immediate Release Contact: Joe Soldevere (Maloney), 212-860-0606
June 7, 2007 Craig Donner (Fossella), 718-356-5039

Reps. Maloney and Fossella Applaud

$50 Million for 9/11 Health in House Appropriations Bill

-Latest Funding is in Addition to $50 Million Approved Last Month-

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Vito Fossella (R-NY), Co-Chairs of the Congressional 9/11 Health Caucus, applauded the inclusion of $50 million for 9/11 health care and medical monitoring in the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill for FY 2008. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey (D-WI) and a bipartisan group of Appropriations Committee members from New York -including Nita Lowey, James Walsh, Jos Serrano, Maurice Hinchey and Steve Israel- helped move the much-needed funding forward.

The funding announced today would supplement the $50 million for 9/11 health included in an emergency spending bill approved by Congress last month. The "Labor HHS" appropriations measure is expected to be considered by the full House in the next two weeks.

"Congress is once again stepping up and meeting our obligation to care for Americans who are sick as a result of the 9/11 attacks," said Congresswoman Maloney. "I am incredibly grateful for Chairman Obey's leadership in helping fight this growing health crisis. Let us hope that the Administration will follow Congress's lead and fulfill its promise to deliver a comprehensive plan to medically monitor everyone exposed to Ground Zero toxins and treat everyone who is sick."

Fossella said, "This funding represents a starting point. It is the first step to ensuring that the unsung heroes of 9/11 will continue to have access to medical monitoring and treatment. We have a responsibility to help the heroes who are sick today as well as those who become ill in the future."

Maloney and Fossella are the co-authors of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 1638), which would extend long-term medical monitoring to everyone exposed to Ground Zero toxins and federally-funded health care to anyone who is sick as a result. Additionally, the bill would reopen the federal Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for sick and injured 9/11 responders and lower Manhattan residents, workers and schoolchildren. Maloney's and Fossella's legislation has been co-sponsored by a group of 21 bipartisan Members of Congress and is supported by the New York State AFL-CIO, District Council 37-AFSCME, the Sergeants Benevolent Association and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, among others.

Background

05/25/07 - Senators, Representatives Welcome Approval of $50 Million for 9/11 Health Funding

03/22/07 - Reps. Maloney and Fossella Introduce Comprehensive 9/11 Health Legislation

01/31/07 - 9/11 HEALTH BREAKTHROUGH: Reps. Fossella & Maloney Confirm White House Will Include Funding for 9/11 Health Treatment in Budget Proposal

Joe Soldevere
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Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14)
Office: (212) 860-0606
Mobile: (646) 831-1649
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