December 17, 2010
On Thursday's episode of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart blasted the Republican filibuster of a bill to provide health benefits to 9/11 first responders — and chided the media for ignoring the issue. A panel of first responders, including AFSCME District Council 37 retiree Ken George, joined Stewart to discuss the need for this legislation and their frustration over the stalling tactics.
The James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847) was passed by the House in September. The bill is named after a New York City police officer who died in 2006 due to lung ailments tied to his exposure to the toxic mix of chemicals, jet fuel, asbestos, lead, glass fragments and other debris at Ground Zero. It would improve long-term medical care and monitoring for 9/11 first responders, recovery workers and others who were exposed to these dangerous toxins and are now sick as a result. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has pledged to bring the bill back for a vote before the end of the lame-duck session. Call your Senators now at 888-340-6523 and tell them to support the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.