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9/11 Health and Compensation Act divides NC delegation

Four Republican members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation voted Thursday against a bill that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to individuals sickened by the toxic dust from the collapse of the World Trade Center, almost nine years ago.

Rep. Virginia Foxx, Rep. Sue Myrick, Rep. Howard Coble, and Rep. Patrick McHenry voted against H.R.847 which was intended to provide medical monitoring and treatment to eligible emergency responders and cleanup workers who fell ill after responding to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. Bob Etheridge, Rep. Brad Miller, Rep. Walter Jones, Rep. David Price, Rep. Mike McIntyre, Rep. Larry Kissell, and Rep. Heath Shuler voted for the House bill that required a two-thirds vote for approval.

(Rep. Mel Watt was among 18 members who did not cast a vote.)

The New York Times reports that there are nearly 60,000 people enrolled in a variety of health-monitoring and treatment programs related to the 9/11 attacks.

Ground-zero workers are continuing to monitor a federal a court settlement that would divide $713 million among those who developed respiratory ailments and other health problems from the trade center ash.

8 Comments

  1. Jack

    July 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    At the time people were concerned about the air quality at ground zero. Officials said, “Forget about it! The quality of the air is safe. Breathe all you want.”

    In the wake of a tragedy Americans answered the call and committed their time and energy to doing the right thing. They wanted to show that there is hope for a brighter tomorrow. We just need to pitch in and work hard and things will be okay. Their work ethic was what they understood best and they offer it as a way to demonstrate their love and commitment to their country.

    These men and women who were hailed as patriots are being left to breathe their last wondering why their country has abandoned them in their time of need.

  2. Matt Kane

    July 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    The voting down of H.R. 847 simply shows an utter lack of leadership during a time in our history when we need our elected officials to step up and take charge. It is, in a word, disgusting.

  3. Kiko

    July 30, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I support the idea of taking care of those heroes, but 7.4 billion smells like a rat to me. Where do we find how many men are we talking about? Please tell.

  4. polifrog

    July 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    If the Pelosi and Company wanted this bill to pass …

    Why did it require “a two-thirds vote for approval”?

    and

    Why did the bill require us to spend “$7.4 BILLION in aid to individuals sickened by the toxic dust?

    The Democrats set this bill up to fail by forcing the minority of fiscal conservatives who are true to their word to vote against it due to the high price tag. There are enough fiscal conservatives with balls to cause the bill to fail given the super majority requirement.

    Only political tools and the stupid fall for this crap.

  5. Jack

    August 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    If people understood the medical needs of these men and women they would support the necessary funding. What these men and women have to look forward to is days of struggling to breathe while their families spend their last dime caring for them.

    Remember: people were questioning the air quality at ground zero but authorities said the air was okay to breathe. They were lied to. There are those who believe that the workers made their choice and now they have to live with their decisions.

    Of course, those who would rather give billions to Wall Street and deny care for their fellow American have made their choice too. They can rest easy that their not a political tool or stupid enough to fall for this crap.

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  8. Karintha S Valentine

    August 6, 2010 at 9:10 am

    If the comments against this bill by Republicans are any indication of their decency and intelligence, the GOP is even worse than I could have imagined. The Dems don’t look so good either. Except for Rep. Weiner, whose anger was justified. We need to hear more anger about Congress’s ineffectual, sold-out system.