A day after TV character Jon Stewart blasted lawmakers for his or her inaction, and the Home Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday unanimously to increase the compensation fund for police, firefighters and different first responders to the Sept. 11 assault websites.
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund was since in 2011 to assist first responders whose sicknesses and deaths have been related to their publicity to poisonous substances they encountered on the World Commerce Middle, on the Pentagon and in Shanks Ville, Pa.
However, the Fund is nearing depletion.
“The $7.3 billion funds has already paid out about $5 billion to 21,000 claimants. But it surely nonetheless has about 19,000 further unpaid claims to deal with
“With assets quickly dwindling, the fund said any pending claims can be paid at 50 percent of their prior worth. Claims obtained after Feb. 1 of this year will likely be paid at 30 percent.”
Stewart, who has long championed the reason for the primary responders, criticized Congress for not extending this system, telling lawmakers, “try to be ashamed of yourselves.”
“Al-Qaida did not shout dying to Tribeca — they attacked America, and these women and men and their response to it’s what introduced our nation again,” Stewart mentioned.
The invoice, which might lengthen the compensation fund to 2090, now goes to the total Home for consideration, the place it’s expected to pass. Its future within the Senate shouldn’t be bright.
SM Chief Chuck Schumer of New York urged the chamber’s Republican management to deliver the invoice up for a vote as quickly as doable.
“We’ll attain the purpose quickly, almost definitely this year, when extra can have died from 9/11-associated sicknesses than on 9/11 itself,” Schumer mentioned.