Officials Rally for an Extension of a 9/11 Health Bill

Standing in the shadow of the towering rebuilt World Trade Center, scores of firefighters and police officers, led by Mayor Bill de Blasio and two United States senators from New York, rallied on Sunday to press Congress to extend a 9/11 health bill.

The bill would pay for medical care for emergency medical workers and others, including police officers, firefighters and construction workers who risked their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, or in the weeks and months after to recover bodies and begin the cleanup. They were exposed to toxic chemicals that have sickened or killed many of them.

The bill would extend the World Trade Center Health Program, which is part of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The program expired on Oct. 1; another part of the act, the Victim Compensation Fund, is set to expire next October...


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