As Pressure Mounts, Lawmakers Still Scrambling Over 9/11 Responders Bill Cost
The New York Police Department commissioner joins a chorus of lawmakers, advocates and public figures demanding Congress to continue to fully fund health care benefits for 9/11 first responders. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to make it happen, but one problem remains: the price tag.
9/11 Health Bill Held Up Over Price Tag
After facing intense public pressure from comedian Jon Stewart, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, promised earlier this week to fully fund health care benefits for 9/11 first responders. The legislation, however, is still held up over lawmakers' disagreement over whether the bill needs to be paid for. (Condon, 12/10)
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New York's Police Commissioner Fights For 9/11 Health Bill
The New York Police Department commissioner, flanked by police and firefighters, pushed Congress on Thursday to keep dollars flowing to a health program for first responders and others who got sick working in the rubble of the Sept. 11 attacks. Commissioner William Bratton noted that the House and Senate were holding hearings on the evolving terrorist threat to the United States, but the country still hadn't paid its debt to the first responders of 9/11. (12/10)