NEW YORK – Representatives Carolyn B Maloney (D-NY) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), original sponsors of HR 4965, the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act, gathered with 9/11 responders, survivors, union leaders, and community advocates to applaud the funding for the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) that is included in the House passed Build Back Better Act.
The WTCHP needs adequate funding now and in the future so that every injured and ill 9/11 responder and survivor has access to the medical treatment they need and deserve.
“Earlier this month, I was proud to join my House colleagues in voting for the Build Back Better Act. I stand here today to mark this legislative achievement and celebrate that the Build Back Better Act provides $2.86 billion dollars to the World Trade Center Health Program,” said Rep. Maloney. “This essential health program provides medical treatment and monitoring for more than 110,000 responders and survivors of the 9/11 attacks, who live in every state and in 434 out of 435 congressional districts. We lost nearly 3,000 people on 9/11, and in the 20 years since the attack – the death toll continues to climb. I thank my colleagues Representatives Nadler and Pallone for our partnership to ensure this critical funding is there for the for 9/11 responders and survivors. They were there for us, and now it is my ongoing commitment, to be there for them.”
“I am proud of the additional funding we have secured for the World Trade Center Health Program in the Build Back Better Act,” said Congressman Jerrold Nadler. “This funding will raise spending caps for the program, ensuring that every affected survivor and responder has access to the critical medical care that they need. By securing this investment, we are further honoring our commitment to these brave men and women. I want to thank the survivors and responders who have helped us advocate for this investment, and I want to thank Congresswoman Maloney for her partnership especially.”
“Funding for the World Trade Center Health Program in the Build Back Better Act is a clear testament to our commitment to the first responders and the survivors who continue to endure the physical and emotional trauma from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001,” said Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. “As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I included this funding in the Build Back Better Act, because it is essential to ensuring that we fulfill our obligation to the individuals who require medical care. We can never fully repay the debt of gratitude we owe to responders and survivors, but we can make sure they have access to the medical care they rightfully deserve. We will never forget the sacrifices they have made in service to our nation.”
“The World Trade Center Health Program is facing projected shortfalls that will jeopardize its ability to provide much needed care and monitoring for the responders and survivors who continue to suffer because of the 9/11 attacks,” said Mario Cilento, President, NYS AFL-CIO. “Thankfully, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler fought successfully to include and secured House passage of funding for the program in the landmark Build Back Better Act. We must ensure that as a country we live up to our duty to care for these brave men and women who have sacrificed so much. We are confident with the leadership of Chuck Schumer and the tireless advocacy of Kirsten Gillibrand, the Senate will finish the job.”
“So many Americans will benefit from the Build Back better,” said John Feal, 9/11 Responder and Advocate. “More importantly so many people affected by the aftermath of 9/11 will continue to get the healthcare they rightfully deserve. We made a promise to them in 2010 & 2015 and the elected officials & advocates must keep that promise.”
“The UFOA applauds the members of congress for funding the World Trade Center Heath Program through the build back better legislation,” said James McCarthy, President, Uniformed Fire Officers of America. “We especially thank Rep. Carolyn Maloney and the rest of the NY delegation for their tireless efforts in moving this forward.”
“As the mom of three 9/11 health impacted children, I couldn’t be more grateful to Congresswoman Maloney, Congressman Nadler, and Chairman Pallone this Thanksgiving, for providing in the Build Back Better Bill, authorization allowing the World Trade Center Health Program to create a research cohort for better study of the impact of toxins at Ground Zero on those residents and students who were children and young adults at the time of the attack,” said Mariama James, 9/11 Survivor, Community Representative, and Community Leader. “Currently there is insufficient data on the potential health impacts because of the lack of sufficient research capabilities and Build Back Better will correct that.”
“Providing funds in the Build Back Better Bill to address the impending budget deficit facing the World Trade Center Health Program will ensure that 9/11 responders’ and survivors will continue to get the care and attention that they deserve and depend upon. And facilitating new research to examine the impact of 9/11 toxins on the survivor community will improve the knowledge and care needed to address community concerns,” said Dr. Stephen Markowitz, Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act.