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.