FDNY Fire Officers Association President Applauds House Committee’s Move to Reauthorize 9/11 Victims Fund

The president of the FDNY Uniformed Fire Officers Association applauded the House Judiciary Committee for passing a bill that will reauthorize the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.

On Wednesday, the committee voted “unanimously” without amendment to move the Never Forget the Heroes Act — which would reauthorize health care funding for 9/11 first responders — to the House floor.

Uniformed Fire Officers Association President Jake Lemonda praised the move by the committee in an interview with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” and said that he and his organization “expect” that the country will unify “as one” to show that the U.S. will not fall to those “who attacked us”:

“On the day our nation was attacked, this nation was not divided. And we stood as domestic soldiers, and we expect that, when it comes for a full vote, we will be a nation as one. And we will signal to the people who attacked us that we can be knocked down, but we cannot be knocked out.”

Lemonda also said that the measure has “tremendous support” from the members of the New York delegation to Congress as well as “our elected officials across the country.”

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The bill’s passage out of committee came the day after comedian Jon Stewart testified during a House Judiciary Committee hearing regarding the reauthorization of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.

As IJR Blue previously reported, Stewart blasted the nearly empty committee chamber as “an embarrassment to the country” and told the members of Congress who showed up that they “should be ashamed.”

“Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak, to no one — shameful,” Stewart said. “It’s an embarrassment to the country, and it is a stain on this institution, and you should be ashamed of yourselves.”

Congress has dragged its feet for years on passing a bill to fund medical care for first responders during the September 11 attacks. Each of the two previous renewals of the Victims Compensation Fund contained a five-year sunset clause on the funding.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have introduced a bill to provide health care funding for first responders for a longer period of time.

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June McMillian
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June McMillian

Funding for these first responders whose health and lives were forever altered by the terroristic acts of September 11th should be a no-brainer to take care of them for the rest of their lives for what they sacrificed. They shouldn’t have to expend the energy to have to come and plead for funding. What’s wrong with Congress to think the need wouldn’t continue past five years? They should remove the Sunset Clause.

Otis
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Who deserves health-care more than those who ran toward that danger rather than away from it?

Screwtape
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I wonder how many House members from CA showed up? After all they just voted to provide free healthcare to criminal invaders.

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