NEW YORK – Representatives Carolyn B Maloney (D-NY) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), original sponsors of HR 4965, the 9/11 Stakeholder and Survivor Funding Correction Act, met with speakers September 11, survivors and union leaders, and community advocates applaud the funding for the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) which is included in the Build Back Better Act passed by the House.
WTCHP needs adequate funding now and into the future so that every responder and survivor injured or ill of 9/11 has access to the medical treatment they need and deserve.
“Earlier this month, I was proud to join my colleagues in the House in voting for the Build Back Better Act. I am here today to mark this legislative achievement and celebrate the fact that the Build Back Better Act provides $ 2.86 billion to the World Trade Center health program, ”said Representative Maloney. “This essential health program provides medical treatment and follow-up to more than 110,000 responders and survivors of the 9/11 attacks, who live in every state and in 434 of the 435 congressional districts. We lost almost 3,000 people on September 11, and in the 20 years since the attack, the death toll continues to rise. I thank my fellow representatives Nadler and Pallone for our partnership to ensure that this vital funding is there for the responders and survivors of 9/11. They were there for us, and now it’s my continued commitment to be there for them.
“I am proud of the additional funding we have secured for the World Trade Center health program under the Build Back Better Act,” said Congressman Jerrold Nadler. “This funding will increase spending limits for the program, ensuring that every survivor and responder affected has access to the essential medical care they need. By securing this investment, we are further honoring our commitment to these brave men and women. I want to thank the survivors and stakeholders who helped us advocate for this investment, and I especially want to thank Congressman Maloney for her partnership. “
“Funding for the World Trade Center health program under the Build Back Better Act clearly demonstrates our commitment to first responders and survivors who continue to suffer the physical and emotional trauma of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks,” said Said Representative Frank Pallone Jr. “As Chairman of the Energy and Trade Committee, I have included this funding in the Build Back Better Act, as it is essential to ensure that we meet our obligation to the people who need medical attention. We can never fully repay the debt of gratitude we owe to responders and survivors, but we can make sure they have access to the medical care they rightly deserve. We will never forget the sacrifices they made in the service of our nation. “
“The World Trade Center health program faces predicted shortages that will jeopardize its ability to provide much needed care and surveillance to responders and survivors who continue to suffer from the 9/11 attacks,” said Mario Cilento, president of NYS AFL- DSI. Fortunately, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler fought successfully to include and secure passage of House funding for the program in the historic Build Back Better Act. We need to make sure that as a country we fulfill our duty to care for these brave men and women who have sacrificed so much. We are confident that with the leadership of Chuck Schumer and the tireless advocacy of Kirsten Gillibrand, the Senate will finish the job. “
“So many Americans will benefit more from Build Back,” said John Feal, 9/11 Responder and Advocate. “Most importantly, so many people affected by the aftermath of September 11 will continue to receive the health care they rightly deserve. We made them a promise in 2010 and 2015 and elected officials and advocates must keep that promise. “
“UFOA commends members of Congress for funding the World Trade Center health program through rebuilding better legislation,” said James McCarthy, president of Uniformed Fire Officers of America. “We especially thank Representative Carolyn Maloney and the rest of the New York delegation for their tireless efforts to get things done.”
“As a mother of three children impacted by 9/11 health, I couldn’t be more grateful to Congressman Maloney, Congressman Nadler and President Pallone this Thanksgiving, for providing in Bill Build Back Better, the authorization authorizing the World Trade Center health program. to create a research cohort to better study the impact of toxins at Ground Zero on residents and students who were children and young adults at the time of the attack, ”said 9/11 survivor Mariama James , community representative and community leader. “Currently there is insufficient data on potential health impacts due to lack of sufficient research capacity and Build Back Better will correct this. “
“Providing funds under the Build Back Better bill to address the looming budget deficit facing the World Trade Center health program will ensure that 9/11 responders and survivors continue to receive care and attention. that they deserve and on which they depend. And facilitating new research to examine the impact of 9/11 toxins on the community of survivors will improve the knowledge and care needed to address community concerns, ”said Dr. Stephen Markowitz, Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act.