Today, Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) issued the following statement in response to the Senate's failure to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009, which provides federal funding for the medical monitoring and treatment for World Trade Center responders and survivors who were exposed to toxins at Ground Zero.
"I am deeply disappointed with the outcome of today's vote," Sen. Coons said. "This bill would have provided much needed medical attention to the thousands of heroic Americans who risked their lives to be first on the scene after the World Trade Center attack. Many of these heroes are now experiencing severe health problems, especially respiratory conditions from breathing in the microscopic particles of cement, steel and other materials that filled the air for weeks afterwards. Sadly, this vote demonstrates that Republicans would rather put politics before helping our citizens receive the care they deserve."
Delaware has 61 people in the World Trade Center Registry that could potentially benefit from this legislation (depending on whether or not they become ill).
The bill, which was first introduced in the House by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), passed the House of Representatives on September 29, 2010. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is the leading Senator on the bill.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was the first bill that Sen. Coons' cosponsored after he was sworn-in on Monday, November 15, 2010.