Rep. Zeldin Announces Permanent Extension of Zadroga
Washington, DC —Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C—NY-1), today announced that a permanent extension for The James Zadroga Act was included in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package expected to be passed later this week.
The Zadroga Act was originally passed in 2010, and established the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. While both programs have adequate funding to carry into next year, the healthcare fund authorization lapsed and had to be reauthorized immediately. In the omnibus spending package, which is expected to pass both the House and Senate this week, is a $3.5 billion, permanent extension of the World Trade Center Health Program and a five year, $4.6 billion Victim Compensation Fund.
Congressman Zeldin said, “The permanent extension of the Zadroga Act is a huge victory for 9/11 first responders who showed enormous amounts of courage and bravery in the aftermath of the terror attack on America. Since the beginning of the year, I have worked closely with colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure that before the end of the year Congress permanently extended the Zadroga Act, which provides necessary healthcare to our 9/11 first responders. This is a huge victory and I am proud to have helped lead the fight for this extension, working across the aisle, to ensure that 9/11 first responders receive the care they earned and need for years to come, and provide them and their families with peace of mind.”