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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

AFSCME Salutes House Passage of 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on passage of H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

Washington, DC — 

“Nine years ago when our nation was attacked, workers from 50 states participated in the heroic rescue effort at Ground Zero. We know that workers and residents surrounding the Twin Towers were exposed to a toxic mix of dust and fumes, despite the Bush Administration’s claim that the air was safe to breathe. Now, thousands of those individuals are very ill. Many of the valiant rescuers have died from resulting respiratory diseases and other health problems.

“Thankfully, this legislation has now been passed by the House of Representatives. This critically important bill will ensure that the heroes of 9/11 can access both the health care monitoring and treatment that they desperately need and the Victims’ Compensation Fund to help their families cope with economic losses. The Senate needs to take up this bill soon and finish the job.”