Renewal of the James Zagroda 9/11 Health and Compensation Act has been positioned to pass Congress this week attached to a year-end spending and tax bill. There is an 8.1 billion dollar infusion into the World Trade Center Health Program renewing it for 75 years and full funding for the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund for another 5 years.
This legislative win comes after the initial benefits were set to expire in early 2016. After the renewal was proposed in April, Congress failed to renew and it was subsequently dropped from a different bill earlier in the month. Comedian Jon Stewart labelled Congress the #WorstResponders and brought international attention on the situation appearing on his former television program, The Daily Show. The public responded by inundating Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) with calls, letters, and posts on Social Media using the #WorstResponders and #Renew911Health hashtags.
Achieving this deal to #renew911health is truly a testament to the power of every day Americans raising their voices to demand action.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 16, 2015
The legislation the James Zagroda 9/11 Health and Compensation Act renewals is attached to is expected to pass on Friday.