Bill for 9/11 first responders finally passes Congress

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, created five years ago to cover health care costs for 9/11 first responders, which has already expired. The law, which managed to overcome Republican objections in 2010, needed to be reauthorized two months ago, but GOP leaders largely ignored it. The measure was then supposed to be included in a recent transportation bill, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stripped the Zadroga provisions from the larger package.

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