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NY Rescues $125 Million

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 9:07 pm    Post subject: NY Rescues $125 Million
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For Immediate Release Contact: Joe Soldevere
December 19, 2005 (212) 860-0606

NY Rescues $125 Million

for 9/11 Heroes

-Funding in Defense Bill Provides Workers' Comp. Benefits,

Medical Screening, and, for the First Time, Treatment for 9/11 Responders-

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) applauded the House's decision to restore $125 million in federal funding for 9/11 responders. President Bush had proposed eliminating the funds in his 2006 budget. The restoration of the funds was included in the FY 2006 Defense Authorization bill, which the House approved late last night. The Senate is expected to pass similar legislation this week.

"The New York delegation rescued critical aid for the heroes of 9/11," Maloney said. "For the first time, this bill authorizes federal funds to actually treat 9/11 responders, not just monitor their health. In the four years since 9/11 not one dime of federal money has gone to treating workers injured at Ground Zero. This change may be the lone benefit of a fight that shouldn't have happened in the first place."

The bill approved last night restores the $125 million, directing $50 million to the New York State Uninsured Employers Fund to reimburse workers' compensation claims and $75 million to the Centers for Disease Control to screen, examine, monitor and, for the first time, treat sick and injured 9/11 responders.

"I thank my colleagues in the New York delegation -particularly Senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer and Congressmen Vito Fossella (R- Staten Island, Brooklyn) and James Walsh (R-Syracuse)- for their tireless efforts to restore this critical funding. The decisive factors in this struggle, however, were the 9/11 workers themselves. Time after time, these courageous men and women stood up and fought for their sick and injured colleagues. Our country owes them a tremendous debt of gratitude."

The $125 million in question was part of the $20 billion in federal aid that New York City received in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, but was eliminated in President Bush's FY 2006 budget proposal. On November 21st, the New York delegation secured the commitment of House Speaker Dennis Hastert to include the $125 million in the House's Emergency Appropriations measure to fund the recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This emergency spending measure was attached to the Defense Appropriations bill that passed the House last night.

Congresswoman Maloney helped lead the fight in the House to salvage the $125 million, organizing several rallies and meetings in Washington that allowed 9/11 workers to take their case directly to the Congressional leadership.
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