U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) today released the following statement in reaction to 25-8 vote in the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee approving the "The James Zadroga 9-11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010."
"The events of today are long overdue for those brave individuals who responded to the call of service in the aftermath of September 11th, but this is still a significant accomplishment on their behalf. The overwhelming bipartisan approval of the James Zadroga 9-11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 demonstrates that we can still summon the unity we all experienced as Americans on that fateful day," said Pascrell, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee who was one of the original supporters of the legislation.
"This is only the first step towards final passage of this legislation, but our resolve to pass it has only grown stronger with time. I want to recognize my colleague from New Jersey, Congressman Frank Pallone, for his leadership in getting this bill to markup in his Subcommittee and today shepherding it to passage. The James Zadroga 9-11 Health and Compensation Act would provide a permanent program of health benefits for those suffering from World Trade Center related conditions. We need to make this bill into law precisely because our brave 9-11 workers are suffering and the last thing we should do is expect them to come here to Washington year after year to ask for the treatment they deserve."