Schumer pledges to seek $3 billion for ailing Ground Zero health fund


Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday he would push Congress to inject $3 billion in federal cash to rescue the financially troubled 9/11 health care fund.

New York’s Democratic and Senate majority leader said he would seek funds from the federal budget to make up for the expected shortfall in the World Trade Center health program, which provides medical care and services to first responders and others affected by 9/11. , 2001, terrorist attacks.

“We have seen the impact of a funding crisis on our 9/11 heroes and those sickened by the dastardly attack in New York 21 years ago,” Schumer said, speaking surrounded by survivors and advocates of the terrorist attack.

“So I’m here, joined by so many friends and selfless advocates, to say we need to fix the funding issue for the World Trade Center health care program as soon as possible.”

He promised to “make an effort” to get the funding approved this year.

John Feal, a longtime advocate for 9/11 first responders, said he was determined to get the measure approved – despite any political opposition that might surface.

The Democratic and Senate Majority Leader of New York said he would seek funds from the federal budget to make up for the expected shortfall in the World Trade Center health care program.
Matthew McDermott

“I have zero tolerance for elected officials to get in our way,” Feal said. “I left a trail of elected bodies that bother us.

“We cannot help those who died on 9/11, but we can help those who are sick,” he added. “We can help them by recovering the $3 billion from the World Trade Center health program.”

Schumer said he will ask for the full amount to be included in the budget.

The WTC Health Program, administered under the supervision of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides free medical treatment and follow-up for health issues related to the September 11 attacks.
The WTC Health Program, administered under the supervision of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides free medical treatment and follow-up for health issues related to the September 11 attacks.
Matthew McDermott

“Yes,” he said. “[The] $3 billion full.

The announcement comes on the 21st anniversary of the attacks that brought down the Twin Towers and damaged the Pentagon, killing several thousand Americans.

Congress scrambled to find the funds necessary to save the program.

The WTC Health Program, administered under the supervision of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides free medical treatment and follow-up for health issues related to the September 11 attacks.

The attack killed 2,996 people, while more than 3,300 also died of health problems.
The attack killed 2,996 people, while more than 3,300 also died of health problems.
Matthew McDermott

On the 20th anniversary of last year’s attacks, the Justice Department acknowledged that more people — both first responders and those living in Lower Manhattan — had died of health-related illnesses at Ground Zero than the actual terrorist attack.

The attack killed 2,996 people, while more than 3,300 also died of health problems.

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