If this bill passes, in addition to Sen. Harry Reid, I’d have to give a lot of the credit to Jon Stewart.
The first responders still suffering health effects more than nine years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks could get a “Christmas miracle” this year, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said today.
Senate Republicans last week derailed a bill that would provide $7.4 billion in health care and compensation to 9/11 responders and survivors, but Gillibrand today voiced confidence that the Senate will pass the bill in the next week, now that lawmakers have agreed on how to pay for the measure.
“We have the votes we need,” Gillibrand said today at a press conference on Capitol Hill. “We’ve had indications from several Republicans that they very much want to vote for this bill.
“They would like to vote for a stand-alone bill,” she said. “There is general agreement on a new pay-for that we’re going to offer, so the hope is to get to the bill as soon as the START bill is completed.” More…
- 9/11 First Responders Bill Needs Just 1 Vote More: Gillibrand Confident Legislation Will Pass Senate (huffingtonpost.com)
- NY senator renews hope for 9/11 health bill (msnbc.msn.com)
- Zadroga Bill To Come Up For Another Vote According to NY Senator Gillibrand (lezgetreal.com)
- Senators Spar Over Zadroga Bill; Gillibrand Hopeful (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Jon Stewart Leads Lonely Charge on 9-11 Health Care Bill (news.firedoglake.com)
- Democrats Blast Senate GOP For 9/11 Bill Vote (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- 9/11 health bill falls short in Senate test vote (boston.com)