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PoliticsHouse approves 9/11 victims bill, sends it to Senate

21:07  12 july  2019
21:07  12 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund renewal bill finally has a price tag: $10.2 billion

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund renewal bill finally has a price tag: $10.2 billion $10.2 billion. That’s the cost estimate issued Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office for compensating the people who are still dying and sick from their exposure following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It covers the next 10 years. The number comes just a day before the House is expected to vote on a new bill to renew the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which is running out of cash much faster than expected. The so-called CBO score is often only a formality, but many lawmakers depend on the number, especially when considering larger bills. Advocates hailed the development, and said it should clear the way for passage.

The panel approved the bill the day after hearing powerful testimony from first responders and comedian Jon It 's unclear whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will take up the bill in the Senate "I can't help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is a filled room of 9 / 11 first

11 victims to alter lawsuits already underway — or file new suits — to directly sue Saudi Arabia and to demand documents and other evidence. The Senate voted unanimously in May to pass the bill and send it to the House , but many lawmakers and White House officials believed the chamber would

House approves 9/11 victims bill, sends it to Senate © Manuel Balce Ceneta Sept. 11 first responders John Feal, front left, Ret. Lt. Michael O'Connell, front right, and other first responders leave the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after a meeting on Capitol Hill on June 25, 2019. WASHINGTON — The House has overwhelmingly approved a bill ensuring that a victims compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money.

The 402-12 vote Friday sends the bill to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to call it up before the August recess.

Lawmakers from both parties hailed the House vote, which comes a month after comedian Jon Stewart sharply criticized Congress for failing to act. Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 responders, told lawmakers they were showing "disrespect" to first responders who are now suffering from respiratory ailments and other illnesses as a result of their recovery work at the former World Trade Center site in New York City.

Stewart said Friday that replenishing the victims fund was "necessary, urgent and morally right."

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