For the Battery Park Broadsheet. Here’s an excerpt:
Less than two weeks before midterm elections that could alter control of Congress, the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act stands equally poised for success or failure, leaving activists on edge.
The much-debated $7.4 billion bill, passed by the House of Representatives on September 29, would provide medical monitoring, treatment and assistance to tens of thousands of 9/11 first responders injured by toxic dust, fumes and Ground Zero debris. It would similarly ensure long-term medical services to eligible downtown residents, and reopen the Sept. 11th Victims Compensation Fund through 2031.
While 17 Republicans joined all but three Democrats to pass the bill, most GOP House members objected, citing cost concerns and some suggesting that appropriate medical services were already being provided. Still, the focus is now on the Senate, where the bill will be “fast-tracked” for a vote after the November 2 midterm elections.
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