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Test Vote On Health Bill For Ground Zero Workers Expected

The Wall Street Journal: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., "is trying to find one additional Republican senator to vote for a $7.4 billion" health care bill for Ground Zero workers. The bill would "re-open a victim-compensation fund and provide 10 years of health tracking and treatment for those who have become sick from exposure to the toxic dust and debris of the World Trade Center site. A test vote on the bill is expected Wednesday" (Barrett, 12/6).

The Hill: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., filed a motion for cloture on four bills Monday," including the Ground Zero health bill. "The motion sets up a Wednesday vote to end debate on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Democrats need one Republican vote to end the debate and move forward on a final vote" (Millman, 12/6).

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