Getting to the bottom of the Zadroga bill vote

Those who were anxiously watching the progress of H.R.847 – James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 have had several days to vent their frustration and confusion.

To summarize, the bill:

is designed to improve health services and provide financial compensation for 9/11 first responders who were exposed to dangerous toxins and are now sick as a result. It would establish a federal program to provide medical monitoring and treatment for first responders, provide initial health screenings for people who were in the area at the time of the attack and may be at risk, and reopen the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to provide compensation for losses and harm as an alternative to the current litigation system.

The bill failed in the Senate when Republicans voted to block the act in what some see as a political move to force the compromise over the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts.

This is an editorial from The New York Daily News written on Friday, December 10, criticizing the politics involved in the failure of the bill in the Senate.

The New York Daily News then allowed U.S. Senator Mike Enzi a response in which he defended his stance on the bill, saying that “rushing a flawed bill through Congress at the end of this lame duck session is not the right way to address these important issues.”

Where do you stand? Do you know someone that has suffered or died from an illness or injury after working at Ground Zero? Is Senator  Mike Enzi’s explanation legitimate or political? Please let us know in the comments below.

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