Sen. Mark S. Kirk was among the lawmakers calling attention to the expired 9/11 health program. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Days after the terrorist attacks in Paris, first responders from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on American soil headed to the Capitol to push Congress to renew their health care programs.
New York firefighters and other first responders joined lawmakers at a Tuesday event calling for the World Trade Center Health Program, which expired on Sept. 30, and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, to be permanently extended. The Paris attacks and other potential attacks on the United States, they contended, demonstrate the need to prove the government is committed to taking care of first responders.
“It’s equally ironic that we sit here now, a few days after Paris had their 9/11, to take care of the folks who responded to ours,” Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said at the event. “What kind of message does it send to Americans if folks like this have to stand up in front of Congress and beg for health care support?” Full story