Congressman Crowley on Results of 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Vote in Senate

Dec 9, 2010 Issues: Health Care,

Washington, D.C. —Today, Congressman Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), one of nine chief deputy whips, issued the statement below following the Senate’s  vote against proceeding to debate and a final vote on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The bill would help the thousands of people who are now suffering from health issues as a result of their heroic actions on September 11th and the days following. A version of the bill passed the House in September. Congressman Crowley is the only member of Congress who lost a family member on September 11th, Battalion Chief John Moran.

“On September 11th and the days following, thousands of first responders and workers showed us the best of America. Today, Senate Republicans showed us the worst.

 

“It is both shameful and disappointing that Senate Republicans are content with playing politics at the expense of our 9/11 heroes’ lives. This bill is about fulfilling the promise to the thousands of brave people whose health is suffering as a result of their service and they deserve a vote devoid of any political gamesmanship. Considering the Republicans’ willingness to spend billions of dollars on tax cuts for the wealthy, it seems to me they should be equally as willing to invest in a plan that could mean the difference between life and death for those suffering as a result of their service to the nation on September 11th.

 

“I will not back down from the fight to give our 9/11 heroes the healthcare they so urgently need and I urge my colleagues not to give up. The stakes are far too high.”

 

Congressman Crowley is the six-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and the Committee on Foreign Affairs.