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Press Conference urging Bush to fully fund 9/11 health

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:03 pm    Post subject: Press Conference urging Bush to fully fund 9/11 health Reply with quote

Sick 9/11 Responders to Attend SOTU,

Call Attention to Their Unmet Long-Term Health Needs

-Admin Pulled Plug on Nationwide Health Program, and

Failed to Include Adequate 9/11 Health Funding in Previous Budget Proposals-

*U.S. Reps, Labor Leaders to Join Sick 9/11 Responders at


WASHINGTON, DC - 9/11 responders who were made sick by the toxic air at Ground Zero will be in Washington, D.C. for this years State of the Union address to urge the Administration to include sufficient 9/11 health funding in its FY 2009 budget proposal, and ask why the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) suddenly decided last month to halt its plans for organizing health monitoring and treatment for Ground Zero workers around the country.

The Administration has failed to include adequate 9/11 health funding in any of its post-9/11 budget proposals. The New York delegation has had to fight time and again for federal funding to help sick responders. And, weeks before Christmas, HHS suddenly announced that it had abandoned plans to create the first federally-funded national program to provide treatment for sick 9/11 responders who reside outside the New York metropolitan area. Currently, no such national treatment program exists.

The responders will sit in the gallery for President Bushs State of the Union Address, and hold a pre-speech Capitol Hill press conference with members Congress to discuss their long-fought struggle to get the health care they need and deserve and the need to pass H.R. 3543.

WHAT: Press Conference urging President Bush to fully fund 9/11 health needs, restart program to

provide health care and medical monitoring to 9/11 responders nationwide.

WHO: Sick 9/11 responders

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY); Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY); Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY), Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY); Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Donna Christensen (D-VI); other Reps. TBA

WHEN: MONDAY, January 28

2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Cannon Terrace New Jersey and Independence Ave., SE

Washington, D.C. (Capitol Hill)

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