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9/11 Anniversary

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mrs. MALONEY. Madam Speaker, today we mark the 11th anniversary of 9/11. The tragedy that day still burns in our hearts, and once again, we renew our pledge to ``never forget.'' The thousands who died and the thousands who rushed to rescue them truly deserve this moment of honor and remembrance; but today, there is also good news for those who became sick as a direct result of being exposed to the deadly toxins.

As part of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which Speaker Pelosi and my colleagues in the House and especially the New York delegation fought so hard to pass, the World Trade Center Health Program ruled yesterday that 50 kinds of cancer will now be included under the Zadroga Act. This important step means that those who have developed cancer, often years after their exposure, will have the opportunity to receive the needed care and compensation that they justly deserve.

On 9/11, thousands lost their lives, and thousands more lost their health because of their exposure to the deadly toxins. Many are sick and dying. I am proud that the Zadroga Act can now include their needs, and I hope that they
accept, once again, the thanks of a grateful Nation.

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