Ulrich Urges Passage Of 911 Health Bill
Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich last Wednesday voted in favor of City Council Resolution #0541, which calls upon the United States Senate to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009. The bill, which would provide health benefits and compensation to individuals exposed to toxins at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11, was passed by the U.S House of Representatives on September 29 by a vote of 268-160. In order to go directly to President Obama for signature, the bill needs Senate approval by a 60-vote margin. All 56 Senate Democrats and two Independents have reportedly pledged support for the measure. Ulrich is now urging Senate Republicans to help pass this bill during the current lame duck session in Congress.
Ulrich said, “First responders didn’t hesitate to answer the call during and after the September 11 attacks. It is now time for the federal government to put politics aside and do the right thing for the people who are still suffering as a result of the toxic environment at Ground Zero. Nearly a decade has passed since 9/11, and the medical and financial strain on these individuals and their families only continues to grow. Congress needs to pass this bill, and they need to do it now.”
On Wednesday, November 17, the City Council passed the resolution by a vote of 48-0.