(Long Island, NY) On April 14, 2015, New York Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C- NY 1) joined with a bipartisan group of Congressional Representatives and advocates to introduce the reauthorization of The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which he co-sponsors.
The James Zadroga Act was originally passed in 2010, and established the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and theSeptember 11th Victim Compensation Fund. These important programs are set to expire at the end of this year. The legislation introduced yesterday would permanently renew the funding for these programs ensuring that those first responders receive the care they deserve for years to come.
The many advocacy groups included the International Association of Fire Fighters, National Association of Police Organizations, AFL-CIO, and The Feal Good Foundation, all committing to assist with the effort to secure passage of this important legislation.
Congressman Zeldin said, “I’m proud to be here today to help reintroduce The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. It’s essential that The Zadroga Act is extended so that the necessary assistance is provided to our 9/11 first responders. After 9/11, wevowed to never forget; this is a critical way we can remember and help all of those who showed enormous amounts of courage and bravery in the aftermath of the attack on America. That’s why I co-sponsor the act and will be urging all of my colleagues to vote for it.”
The legislation has significant bipartisan support in Congress, with over 40 co-sponsors.