Hillary Clinton Urges Congress to Extend Zadroga Act - To Continue the Health and Compensation Benefits to Responders, Rescue Workers, and other Victims - Including 9/11-Related Cancers
Turley Hansen & Partners attorney Daniel J. Hansen expresses his thanks to Hillary Clinton for her devotion and support of the victims of the September 11th attacks.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared in lower Manhattan as the special guest for the fundraiser sponsored by the New York State AFL-CIO and the non-profit 9/11 Health Watch, calling on Congress to pass legislation to extend the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act.
Addressing hundreds of union members and advocates for 9/11 victims at the lower Manhattan headquarters of the United Federation of Teachers, Mrs. Clinton remarked on the need for action, “Last week with the anniversary, we mourned. This week we mobilize.”
Mrs. Clinton, who was a United States senator for New York when she visited the site 13 years ago, described what she witnessed to be “as close to hell as I can imagine any of us experiencing” and that “watching firefighters break through the wall of black smoke, some of them dragging their axes behind them, it was just a scene out of 'Dante’s Inferno.’” “All you had to do was be there and you knew that there were going to be consequences to the people who had survived and the people who had conducted rescues and the people who were going to be there as long as it took to rebuild,” said Mrs. Clinton.
The benefits provided under the World Trade Center Health Program are set to expire in October 2015, while the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund is set to close on October 2016. Mrs. Clinton noted, “The price of passage was a so-called sunset clause, and it will come due.” “It’s absolutely crucial that we muster the same passion and pressure to extend the law that helped pass is it in the first place,” said Mrs. Clinton.
Mrs. Clinton thanked New York members of Congress, including not only members from her own party such as Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, and Representative Jerrold Nadler, but also Seaford Republican Rep. Peter King for recognizing that this is not a “partisan issue,” but rather an “American issue.”
Just today, a bipartisan group of lawmakers from across the country introduced the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. The new bill would continue the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for 25 more years, through 2041. The new James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act would continue the World Trade Center Health Program that provides medical care and treatment for 9/11-related conditions to the over 60,000 first responders and to the more than 7,000 injured and ill survivors, and continue the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to provide compensation for economic damages and losses for individuals who become ill from the toxins at Ground Zero.
Extension of the Zadroga Act would avoid the devastating consequence of the loss of benefits by the responders and survivors who are still battling serious health crises resulting from exposure to the toxins at Ground Zero. There are more than 30,000 9/11 responders and survivors who suffer from an illness or injury caused by the attacks or their aftermath, with over two-thirds of those with more than one illness.
Extending the Zadroga Act—including the WTC Health Program and September 11th Victims Compensation Fund—would provide a critical lifeline for many, particularly when the number of 9/11-related cancer cases suffered by responders and rescue workers continues to grow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost 3,000 responders and survivors suffer from 9/11-related cancers—including prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, leukemia, and multiple myeloma.
Turley, Hansen & Partners is a proud to have been a sponsor of the recent AFL-CIO 9/11 Health Watch fundraiser. A special thanks is also given to Secretary Clinton, for all of her efforts and support.