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9+ Years Later, GOP Sen Enzi Wants to Further Delay GZ Bill

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:22 am    Post subject: 9+ Years Later, GOP Sen Enzi Wants to Further Delay GZ Bill
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December 2, 2010

Contact: John Feal, (631) 724-3320

9+ Years After WTC Attacks, GOP Sen. Enzi

Wants to Further Delay 9/11 Health Bill

Zadroga Act Likely to Fail Unless Senate Takes Action Now

Today, John Feal, 9/11 first responder and the Founder of the FealGood Foundation, wrote to Republican Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming after reports surfaced that Sen. Enzi is urging his Republican colleagues to delay consideration of H.R. 847, the Zadroga 9/11 health bill, until next year. With the Democratic losses in the election, the Senate must take action in the final days of the current Congress if the Zadroga Act is to have any realistic shot at becoming law.

Senator Enzi was very sympathetic to us in public, but in private hes trying to kill the bill to help us, Feal said. This is exactly why people dont trust anyone in Washington. Its been nine years since 9/11 and people are sick and dying because of the attacks the last thing we need is more delays and excuses from Washington. How long does Senator Enzi want us to wait?

Feals letter to Enzi is below.

December 2, 2010

The Honorable Michael Enzi

379A Russell Senate Office Building

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Enzi:

I am a 9/11 responder and the head of the FealGood Foundation, a group of 9/11 Ground Zero volunteers and workers dedicated to assisting those who stood up for our nation through the rescue and recovery efforts after the terrorists attacked the United States more than nine years ago.

This spring, I was quite impressed with you when I witnessed your sympathy toward 9/11 Ground Zero responders at the HELP Committee hearing about our medical issues and our 9/11 bill. The hearing made it apparent that the interim 9/11 NIOSH responder program, cobbled together and funded by the Bush and Obama Administrations, is no substitute for a fully authorized and funded health program for us. It meant a great deal to our group to see your sympathy toward our immediate and urgent situation after all these years.

So many people have been working on this comprehensive resolution of 9/11 issues legislatively for more than eight years. The depth of information backing up what the bill seeks address includes:

(1) 21 Congressional hearings,

(2) 11 GAO reports or testimonies about the 9/11 program and health issues,

(3) 90 studies and papers about the health effects of exposure to contaminants at Ground Zero,

(4) 300 pages of NIOSH answers to the questions you asked for the record in this years HELP Committee hearing,

(5) An extensive report by 9/11 Commission, The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, a Congressionally chartered commission.

In light of our experience with you at the hearing and the abundant information backing up the urgency and need for H.R. 847 to pass this year before the congress ends, I could not believe when I heard that you have asked the Republican caucus to again delay consideration the 9/11 bill due to lack of information. Senator, this was as unbelievable to our group and I hope it is inaccurate. Our group has Republicans and Democrats but we have never been partisan in our long, long journey for H.R. 847. The record is so indisputably substantial for our bill.

If there are substantive concerns with our bill, then bring them to us, but please dont dissuade Republicans in the United States Senate from helping us because we are waiting on yet another GAO report or another accounting that will further prove that the current program needs the oversight and accounting structures created by HR 847. This is the type of Washington, D.C., Reason that disillusions Americans outside of your Capital Beltway about their government.

I hope that you will clarify your stance on H.R. 847 now so we can move forward with completing our bill for the 9/11 responders this year.

We firefighters, police, EMS crews, construction workers, volunteerswere there for our country in the hours and months after our country was hit. We did not wait to help when the United States was attacked and we need the help of the United States Senate now.


John Feal
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