Senate Passes Never Forget the Heroes Act, Permanently Funding 9/11 VCF, Heads to President’s Desk to Become Law
Watch Rep. Zeldin’s remarks on the House Floor ahead of the House vote on July 12, 2019, here
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) applauded Senate passage today of the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act (H.R. 1327), which fully funds the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and reauthorizes it through the year 2090. Having passed the House of Representatives on July 12, 2019, this legislation now heads to the President’s desk to become law.
In 2011, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was signed into law, and, five years later, the Zadroga Act was permanently reauthorized and included $4.6 billion for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) to provide compensation for the victims of 9/11 and their families, and to provide compensation for those suffering from 9/11 related illnesses and their loved ones.
In February, the Special Master of the VCF issued a report which stated its funding was insufficient to compensate all claims and the fund would have to make 70% cuts across the board.
As an original cosponsor of this legislation, Congressman Zeldin issued the following statement after Senate passage:
“I applaud my Senate colleagues for providing our brave 9/11 first responders and victims with the care they have earned and their families with the compensation they were promised. In the aftermath of 9/11, the EPA told New Yorkers and these first responders that the air at Ground Zero and the surrounding area was safe to breathe. The federal government was wrong. The toxic air and debris on the pile is now known to have caused over 50 different types of cancer. This legislation, named in honor of just three of our so many 9/11 heroes, will finally ensure victims and their families can receive the support they, and their families, have earned and will need for years to come.”