Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Fund, which the Senate agreed to as an amendment to the omnibus by a vote of 90-6. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks:
First, I want to thank my friend and colleague, Senator Gillibrand for the great work she has done championing the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Fund.
We know how many people sacrificed. We know how they ran to the towers when they were still smoldering and then they contracted terrible diseases and for a while this country left them high and dry, it would be like leaving our veterans high and dry. But, no, we stepped up to the plate with a very good and successful health fund program.
Unfortunately, it runs out very soon. This amendment will extend it so it now can last another full five years and the worry that those firefighters, construction workers, police officers, and others who ran to the towers and are now beginning to contract diseases they never should have gotten, they'll be taken care of.
I hope we can get everybody to vote for this patriotic, important bill that remembers those who helped us in a great time of need.