After extensive lobbying by the INTERNATION ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS, H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, was approved by a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives. Congress first established screening, treatment, and compensation programs for 9/11 responders shortly after the terrorist attacks, and has continued to provide funding for the programs each year since. H.R. 847 strengthens the existing programs by expanding coverage to include those who lived near Ground Zero, creating a funding mechanism so the program is not subject to annual appropriations, and reopening the Victims Compensation Fund so people who became ill after the Fund was...

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