Mike Bloomberg issued the following statement regarding passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act:
Today’s bipartisan approval of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act by the United States Senate [and soon after, House of Representatives] affirms our nation’s commitment to protecting those who protect us all. The events of that day were an attack on America by a foreign enemy, and addressing its health impacts is a national duty.
I would like to express my deep appreciation to Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who never stopped working on behalf of this bill and negotiated changes without which this could not have become a reality. I also want to thank Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell for their efforts to win unanimous consent on this bill. Additionally, we would not be where we are today without the hard work of so many others who are too many to name, but include Representatives Maloney, King, and Nadler; responders, survivors, and their family members; labor and civic leaders; and great New Yorkers like Rudy Giuliani and Jon Stewart.
I am hopeful
that the House will take this up quickly, and that it can be delivered to the President’s desk for his signature, so the responders and survivors of the attack can be assured that they can get treatment for their illnesses.
As we look forward to the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, I am encouraged that our elected representatives in Washington came together and stood by those who were there for America in its hour of greatest need.
-- updated to include statement on passage by the House of Representatives --
I also want to congratulate and thank the House of Representatives for putting aside their differences and finding common ground on one of the most fundamental issues of justice facing our nation today. In addition to those I thanked earlier today ¬– Representatives Maloney, King, and Nadler and the entire New York delegation; Senators Schumer and Gillibrand; responders, survivors, and their family members; labor and civic leaders; and great New Yorkers like Rudy Giuliani and Jon Stewart – I want to thank Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Boehner for supporting those who were there for America in its hour of greatest need.