This Wednesday at 2pm, Congressman Tim Bishop will hold a rally with advocates for 9/11 rescue workers to demand that Congress immediately takes up the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act when it reconvenes on September 14. The event will be held at the Freedom Stone, a memorial for 9/11, dedicated by Innovative Stone, a leading stone supply company headquartered in Hauppauge, New York.
“Once again the eyes of the nation are turned to New York and to Ground Zero,” Congressman Bishop said. “All New Yorkers and all Americans can unite behind the fact that it is a sin that we have made 9/11 rescue workers wait for nine long years for help. The time for delays must end, Congress must take this bill up now.”
Congressman Bishop will be joined by John Feal, President and Founder of the FealGood Foundation, Jennifer McNamara, widow of firefighter and 9/11 first responder John McNamara, Kenny Specht, President, NYC Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation and other leaders in the first responder community.
The 9/11 Health and Compensation Act would provide necessary medical monitoring and treatment to World Trade Center first responders and those who worked or lived in downtown Manhattan on September 11th. It also reopens the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to compensate those affected. This legislation will help the thousands of New Yorks courageous firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and clean up workers as well the thousands of selfless individuals who rushed from every state to lend a hand in the rescue, recovery, and clean up efforts at Ground Zero.
The legislation was brought up in the House of Representatives on July 29 for a vote. Although it received a 255-159 majority, it was brought up as a suspension bill, meaning it needed a 2/3 majority to pass. Congressman Bishop supports bringing the bill back to the floor under regular rules, meaning it would need only a simple majority.