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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2005 8:23 pm    Post subject: "A Step Toward Salvaging the $125 Million for Injured 9 Reply with quote

Maloney Press Release

October 27, 2005

A Step Toward Salvaging the $125 Million for Injured 9/11 Workers By Carolyn Maloney

Sens. Clinton and Schumer successfully preserve the money

in Senate version of appropriations bill

New York delegation will support the senators to keep

amendment in the final bill, says Rep. Maloney

WASHINGTON, DC - After months of concern and bad news about $125 million the Bush administration aims to take back from injured 9/11 responders, New York's Senators scored a victory yesterday in the Senate. Senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer successfully attached an amendment to the Labor-HHS Appropriations bill that covers the $125 million. The version of the bill that already passed the House of Representatives would take back the money, which was originally appropriated in 2001's emergency 9/11 spending bill.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), who helped lead the fight in the House to salvage the $125 million, said that the fate of the money now comes down to the conference negotiations between the House and the Senate.

"Senators Clinton and Schumer did a terrific job," said Maloney. "Now, this all rides on the negotiations between the House and the Senate - the New York delegation will support our Senators as they work to keep the amendment in the final bill. The negotiators should remember that there are many 9/11 responders who remain sick and injured and who still rely on the support of their government. We should live up to the 'never forget' motto this nation adopted after 9/11."

The take-back of $125 million from the 9/11 injured workers fund was originally proposed by the administration in its budget proposal, and it was inserted into legislation by the House Appropriations Committee. The Senate version of the legislation would have also taken back the $125 million had New York Senators not successfully attached their amendment.

Background:

When the Labor-HHS appropriations bill was on the House floor, the leaders of the Appropriation Committee assured Maloney and Rep. Vito Fossella (NY- 13)that they would try to restore the $125 million during conference negotiations (http://www.house.gov/maloney/press/109th/20050623Amendment911Aid.htm

Earlier, Maloney organized 23 Members of the New York Congressional delegation, who urged President Bush to withdraw the proposal in his Fiscal Year 2006 budget that would rescind $125 million in federal funds designated for 9/11 workers compensation and job retraining aid. That letter is available at:

http://www.house.gov/maloney/issues/Sept11/20050531_rescission_ltr_POTUS.pdf

In addition, Members of the New York delegation sent a letter to Representatives Jerry Lewis and David Obey, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee respectively, asking the Committee to reject the rescission and for a review of the unmet health needs of 9/11 responders. It is available at: <

http://www.house.gov/maloney/issues/Sept11/20050531_rescission_ltr_Approps.pdf

A letter from Governor George Pataki expressing concern about the effort to take back this 9/11 aid and support for Congressman James Walsh's amendment to reverse the rescission of the aid is available at:

http://www.house.gov/maloney/issues/Sept11/061505GovLtr.pdf.

Letters to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders from Mayor Michael Bloomberg opposing the rescission of this 9/11 aid are available at:

http://www.house.gov/maloney/issues/Sept11/060705MayorHouse.pdf



and http://www.house.gov/maloney/issues/Sept11/060705MayorSenate.pdf.
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