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James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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September 11, 2001, it's a day we will never forget. Many people lost family members and neighbors, but alongside the sorrow and loss, we witnessed incredible acts of heroism and bravery. Thousands of emergency responders and volunteers risked their lives and came to our country's aid when we needed them most. Many of them were my constituents, even though I'm from upstate New York. Many came down in the months following and the weeks following.

Thomas Kwasnaza from Marietta, New York, was one of the heroes that day. He was working as a police officer on 9/11, and he actually trained with James Zadroga, who was one of the first NYPD officers whose death is attributed to toxic chemicals.

Mr. Speaker, on that day Members of Congress and all Americans alike, Republicans and Democrats, pledged to do anything we could--anything we could--for the victims, their families, and the rescuers who went in after them. We didn't say we would do anything as long as it doesn't cost too much. We didn't say we would do anything as long as there was no chance that an undocumented worker could possibly benefit. We didn't say we would do anything as long as it protects offshore companies that get away with sheltering their taxes. We said we would do anything. And that's what we have to do.

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