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Saturday, December 19, 2015
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Kirsten Gillibrand
State and federal officials publicly celebrated Congressional passage of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Programs.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the lead sponsor who pushed for the bill's passage, was joined by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo in celebrating the 65-33 Senate Vote to renew the bill, sending it to President Barack Obama for a final signature.

The bill's passage will effectively make permanent, the renewal of the World Trade Center Health Program for 75 years as well as a five year, fully funded renewal of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, as part of the final omnibus spending bill.

Gillibrand, Schumer and Cuomo each released a statement on the subject Friday. The statements all follow in their entirety.
After months of tireless work by our 9/11 first responders, these brave men and women can finally feel secure that they will have healthcare for the rest of their lives. This victory belongs to them,” said Senator Gillibrand, the lead sponsor of the legislation in the Senate. “And while this should have been an easy moral question for Congress with an obvious answer, our first responders were more than ready to stand up and fight for what they deserve, and today they won. This is an extraordinary group of men and women, and I am honored to represent them.
 -- U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
This is the Christmas the 9/11 responders deserved: some peace of mind for each and every hero. Their selfless actions in response to that tragic day deserve a lifetime’s worth of care and respect, so it is welcome news that Congress has finally agreed to fully fund the 9/11 Health Program, providing security to those brave men and women throughout their lives.  Thank you to Senator Gillibrand, my other colleagues, firefighters, cops, veterans, union workers and everyone else who fought on behalf of our 9/11 first responders, walking the halls of Congress to win support for these vital health services.
-- U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer.
The permanent reauthorization of the Zadroga Act is a long-overdue victory for the more than 56,000 9/11 responders and survivors in New York State today. When the Twin Towers fell, thousands of brave men and women rushed into danger and put the safety of others before their own. They rescued people from the rubble, sacrificed countless hours away from their families, and helped us heal and rebuild in the days that followed, while never straying from the kind of selfless courage that will be remembered for generations to come. And today, Congress has finally shown that these heroic acts were not forgotten. The passage of this bill is also proof that Washington can live up to its responsibility to the American people. It shows that Congress can come together to do what is right, and bridge the gridlock and partisan divide to tackle our most pressing challenges. I applaud the members of New York’s congressional delegation – especially Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representatives Nadler, Maloney and King – for leading the fight to reauthorize the Zadroga Act. I urge all members of Congress to join them in continuing to move our nation forward.
-- Gov. Andrew Cuomo



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