Zadroga 9/11 health and compensation included in final omnibus spending bill

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WASHINGTON – Senate and House leaders have agreed to include an effectively permanent, 75 year renewal of the World Trade Center Health Program and a five year, fully funded renewal of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund in the final omnibus spending bill Congress is set to pass shortly.
The health care bills, called the Zadroga programs named for a police officer first responder to the World Trade Centers on 9/11 and who later died from health issues as a result, were pushed by lead sponsor Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
“This agreement is incredible news for our 9/11 heroes and their families, and it is a testament to the extraordinary power that Americans can have when they raise their voice and demand action,” Gillibrand said.
“This is the Christmas the 9/11 responders deserved: some peace of mind for each and every hero,” Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said.