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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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

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

Washington, DC — 

“After months of Republican obstruction, the Senate has finally acted to provide more than $4 billion in aid for the survivors of the deadly terrorist attack at Ground Zero. The workers and residents surrounding the Twin Towers were exposed to a toxic mix of dust and fumes. Now, thousands of those individuals are very ill. Many of the heroes of 9/11, including several AFSCME members who were among the first responders at the scene, have died from resulting respiratory diseases and other health problems. Today’s passage of this critically important bill will guarantee that the men and women who responded during the dark days of September 2001 will have the health-care monitoring and treatment they need and deserve. The bill also provides for compensation for the wages and other economic losses faced by workers and residents affected by the terrorist attack. AFSCME has fought hard for this legislation and we are pleased that the Senate has been able to act before adjourning for the holidays.”

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