October 29, 2015

Gillibrand Announces Filibuster-Proof Majority of 61 Senate Cosponsors for Permanent & Fully Funded 9/11 Zadroga Health & Compensation Bill, 237 Bipartisan Cosponsors in the House of Representatives

9/11 Health Program Was Allowed to Lapse by Congress on Sept 30th 33,000 First Responders & Survivors Suffering with 9/11-Related Injury or Illness Enrolled in World Trade Center Health Program

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, a bill to permanently extend and fully fund the 9/11 health and compensation programs, has garnered 61 Senate cosponsors, including 15 Republicans? – a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate – and 237 cosponsors in the House of Representatives.

“61 Senators have done the right thing for our heroes by supporting legislation that ?reauthoriz?es? and permanently extends? the 9/11 health and compensation programs,” said Senator Gillibrand. “More than 14 years later, the 9/11 terror attacks are still claiming American lives, and we can’t wait any longer to extend these programs, on which thousands of first responders, survivors, and their families rely. The cancers these heroes face don’t expire and neither should their health care. Congress should not shortchange the victims of the largest terrorist attack on American soil in history. More police officers have died from 9/11-related illnesses than died on 9/11 itself. The damage from those attacks did not end on that day, and Congress has a moral obligation to help those brave first responders. Now that we have an overwhelming majority of Senators who support permanently extending the 9/11 health and compensation programs, we owe it to our heroes and their families to pass this bill.”

Last month, hundreds of first responders and advocates – including former Daily Show host Jon Stewart – lobbied Congress in support of the permanent reauthorization of the Zadroga Act. Since then, 24 Senators – 15 Democrats and nine Republicans – have joined as cosponsors of the bill: the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. A total of 61 Senators now support this legislation.

Created in 2010, the World Trade Center Health Program provides treatment and medical care to 33,000 first responders and survivors suffering from at least one 9/11-related illness or injury. More than 72,000 first responders and survivors receive medical monitoring to screen for cancers and other diseases observed in the 9/11 population. Participants in the World Trade Center Health Program live in all 50 states, and in 433 of the 435 Congressional Districts. The program expired on September 30th, putting these critical services in jeopardy.

Another program established as a part of the Zadroga Act, the Victims Compensation Fund, will expire in October 2016. The Fund provides financial aid to responders, survivors, and families who have suffered economic losses as a result of 9/11-related injuries. 

Below is a full list of the Senators cosponsoring the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act:

Sen Ayotte, Kelly [R-NH] - 9/8/2015

Sen Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI] - 4/14/2015 *

Sen Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] - 8/5/2015

Sen Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] - 4/14/2015 *

Sen Blunt, Roy [R-MO] - 9/29/2015

Sen Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] - 4/14/2015 *

Sen Boxer, Barbara [D-CA] - 9/17/2015

Sen Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] - 6/1/2015

Sen Cantwell, Maria [D-WA] - 9/28/2015

Sen Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] - 9/24/2015

Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] - 9/9/2015

Sen Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE] - 9/16/2015

Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] - 4/14/2015 *

Sen Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] - 4/28/2015

Sen Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE] - 5/13/2015

Sen Cotton, Tom [R-AR] - 5/7/2015

Sen Daines, Steve [R-MT] - 10/19/2015

Sen Donnelly, Joe [D-IN] - 9/16/2015

Sen Durbin, Richard [D-IL] - 4/28/2015

Sen Ernst, Joni [R-IA] - 9/29/2015

Sen Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] - 9/16/2015

Sen Franken, Al [D-MN] - 6/17/2015

Sen Graham, Lindsey [R-SC] - 9/28/2015

Sen Heinrich, Martin [D-NM] - 9/10/2015

Sen Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND] - 9/16/2015

Sen Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI] - 7/15/2015

Sen Kaine, Tim [D-VA] - 9/10/2015

Sen King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME] - 5/7/2015

Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [R-IL] - 4/14/2015 *

Sen Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] - 7/21/2015

Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [D-VT] - 9/10/2015

Sen Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] - 9/16/2015

Sen Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] - 6/24/2015

Sen McCain, John [R-AZ] - 10/26/2015

Sen McCaskill, Claire [D-MO] - 9/24/2015

Sen Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] - 4/14/2015 *

Sen Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] - 9/10/2015

Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [D-MD] - 7/14/2015

Sen Moran, Jerry [R-KS] - 9/28/2015

Sen Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] - 4/14/2015 *

Sen Murphy, Christopher S. [D-CT] - 4/14/2015 *

Sen Murray, Patty [D-WA] - 9/17/2015

Sen Nelson, Bill [D-FL] - 9/10/2015

Sen Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] - 9/17/2015

Sen Reed, Jack [D-RI] - 9/16/2015

Sen Reid, Harry [D-NV] - 10/28/2015

Sen Rounds, Mike [R-SD] - 10/28/2015

Sen Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] - 4/14/2015 *

Sen Schatz, Brian [D-HI] - 6/23/2015

Sen Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY] - 4/14/2015 *

Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH] - 4/14/2015 *

Sen Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] - 9/28/2015

Sen Tester, Jon [D-MT] - 7/23/2015

Sen Toomey, Pat [R-PA] - 9/28/2015

Sen Udall, Tom [D-NM] - 9/28/2015

Sen Vitter, David [R-LA] - 9/10/2015

Sen Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] - 9/16/2015

Sen Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] - 4/14/2015 *

Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] - 4/20/2015

Sen Wyden, Ron [D-OR] - 9/8/2015