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After months of contentious debate and speaking directly with first responders, the Senate passed a bill Tuesday that ensured the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund for those affected by the September 11, 2001 terror attacks will never run out of money.
With a 97-2 vote, lawmakers sent the bipartisan bill named “The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” to President Donald Trump’s desk, where he is expected to sign it. The bill had previously passed in the House with a 402-12 vote.
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“The vote today is a win for our country and the heroes and survivors who were there for us,” said Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the chief sponsor of the House bill.
In February, it was announced by September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya that the fund had received over 19,000 compensation forms from 2011 to 2016 and almost 20,000 more from 2016 to 2018, due to an increase of serious illness.
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From 2001 until 2004, the original fund had distributed more than $7 billion to assist the families of over 2,880 people who died on September 11, 2001, and 2,680 individuals who were injured on that day, according to the Justice Department.
The fund was reactivated by Congress in 2011 and extended for five additional years in 2015, providing $7.4 billion to assist thousands of others. Until the...
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