For a while it was uncertain if Republicans would approve the extension of the law which has the government helped those effected by the results of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks….
President Donald Trump signed a law to permanently extend aid to first responders who fell ill after working at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Trump signed the $10 billion legislation, at a White House ceremony Monday morning, capping a 15-year fight to ensure first responders and other survivors of the attacks are fully compensated.
Thousands of people have been diagnosed with cancers linked to the toxins in the air near the World Trade Center site, and thousands more have respiratory and other related illnesses. A fund set up to aid sick survivors and the families of those who have died had started to run dry and began cutting payments earlier this year. But shortly after the bill was signed into law Monday, the fund reversed the decision and announced that it now has “sufficient to pay all pending and projected claims without the need for any continued reductions in awards.”
“Today, we come together as one nation to support our September 11 heroes, to care for their families, and to renew our eternal vow: Never, ever forget,” Trump said at the signing….
The law covers the survivors of the WTC, Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa. terror attacks….
image….President Donald Trump holds up the signed H.R. 1327 bill, an act ensuring that a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, July 29, 2019, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)