Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, called on Congress to pass H.R. 847, the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act,” before adjourning this year. The bill, which passed the House in September, is pending in the Senate.
“I have spoken directly with Majority Leader Reid within the last month and expect his support for our efforts on this issue,” Canterbury said. “Those who responded to the attacks on the United States in September 2001 are suffering from the effects of that response–the long-term damage done to their health as a result of their exposure to the deadly mix of toxins released from the collapse of the World Trade Center. Detective James Zadroga, in whose memory this legislation was named, was the first public safety officer to have his death directly attributed to his work at Ground Zero, and he will not be the last.”
The bill, which would provide sick public safety officers and other responders with medical treatment and compensation for their 9/11 illnesses, passed the House on a bipartisan 268-160 vote. The Senate must follow suit before the end of this Congress later this year.
“I have urged Senate leadership to take up this bill when the Senate returns to session later this month,” Canterbury said. “But we need all FOP members to contact their Senators and ask them to support H.R.847. The Senate needs to understand that this is not just a New York issue; it is a national issue. The attacks of 9/11 were an attack on the nation, and our nation has a responsibility to assist those heroes who answered the call.”
FOP members can download a sample letter of support to send to their Senators here: http://www.fop.net/legislative/issues/HR847/HR847sampleletter.doc
You can view the informational materials prepared by the Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), sponsor of the Senate companion bill, here: http://www.fop.net/legislative/issues/HR847/HR847packet.pdf
View the FOP’s letter to Senate leadership here: http://www.fop.net/legislative/issues/HR847/HR847.pdf
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