Rep. Zeldin Hails Permanent Extension of Zadroga
Washington, DC —Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C—NY-1), today hailed a permanent extension of The James Zadroga Act, which passed the House of Representatives this morning.
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. As part of the omnibus spending package, a permanent extension was passed for the World Trade Center Health Program in addition to a five year, $4.6 billion Victim Compensation Fund.
Congressman Zeldin said, “Today the House voted to permanently extend the Zadroga Act, which will ensure that 9/11 first responders who continue to suffer from injuries or illnesses receive the care they earned and need for years to come. This is a huge victory for all of the 9/11 first responders who showed enormous amounts of courage and bravery in the aftermath of the terror attack on America. I am especially proud to have worked closely in a bipartisan manner with colleagues in the House and Senate, including Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Congressman King, and Speaker Ryan, as well as local activists from Suffolk County who made countless trips to the Capitol and did everything they could to ensure that Congress permanently extended the Zadroga Act before the end of the year.”
The legislation will now be sent to the Senate (H.R. 2029), where it is expected to be passed and then approved by the President.