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Statement on Introduction of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

Madam Speaker, today, I joined Rep. CAROLYN MALONEY and my colleagues from New York in introducing a revised version of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

Working closely with the AFL-CIO, the City of New York, the local community, the House Leadership, and the Committees of jurisdiction we have revised the bill to reduce the overall cost of the bill while ensuring that it will provide a comprehensive, long term solution to problems faced by first responders, area residents, workers, students, and others in the
aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center .

I am pleased that we are making progress on this legislation, and I appreciate all of the work that has gone into the bill by all of the parties involved. I particularly want to thank Speaker PELOSI and the Democratic Leadership for helping to coordinate and focus our efforts. I am aware that more work remains to further refine the bill, but we are well on our way to finalizing an excellent piece of legislation that will help thousands of victims of the September 11 attacks. I am hopeful that Congress will be able to act swiftly to move this bill by the seventh anniversary of the attacks, and that the bill will be signed into law before the end of this Congress.
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