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James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. LEE of New York. No one will ever forget 9/11, where we were that day. It's ingrained in our memories.

We saw thousands of men and women rush into buildings, not caring about their own safety, caring about others. We've also seen other people come in and clean up this debris knowing that they were exposed to chemicals and toxins.

I was a cosponsor of this bill and believed in this bill. The problem is, it's where Washington gets it wrong. The pay-for for this bill is in job-killing taxes.

There were opportunities to solve this problem in a bipartisan way. That was missed. And it's an unfortunate situation when we have people who are getting put in the way of politics have got in the way of trying to help people who were brave and honest and doing the right thing for New Yorkers. And it's a sad state of affairs. And, unfortunately, I won't be able to support this bill.


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