President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to provide aid to survivors of the September 11th attacks and first responders who became ill working in the ruins at the World Trade Center. When you consider that the terrorist attacks took place in 2001, it’s impossible to justify the delay in responding to this obvious need. The firefighters, police officers and first responders who risked their lives to save others certainly deserved better. A few Republicans tried to block the measure, claiming they were concerned with how to pay for the bill. Our government had a moral – if not legal – obligation to those people who will finally benefit by this bill’s passage.
The $4.2 billion measure will be paid for with a fee on some foreign companies that get U.S. government procurement contracts. It was a nine-year struggle to address the 9/11 health crisis and I commend those who fought so hard to get this badly-needed legislation passed. Certainly Congress had a moral obligation to care for those who rose to the defense of America in a time of war. The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were an attack on America by a foreign enemy and addressing its health impacts is a national duty.
Source: Associated Press
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