House approves funding for 9/11 responders

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Published on July 12, 2019 - Duration: 00:47s

House approves funding for 9/11 responders

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved legislation to permanently compensate first responders to the Sept.

11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center who have been suffering from cancers and other illnesses, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and activist Jon Stewart spoke out in favor of the measure ahead of the vote.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

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House approves funding for 9/11 responders

The House voted 402-12 to pass the "Never Forget the Heroes Act" that had been championed by Jon Stewart, the popular former host of the late-night comedy program The Daily Show, and highlighted by recent gripping testimony by a dying 9/11 New York police detective.

"On September 11th and its aftermath, our brave first responders were there for us.

We must always be there for them," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said just before the vote on the bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said legislation will be brought to a vote in his chamber soon.

Without prompt action by Congress, victims of the attack would see steeply reduced benefits due to a lack of funding.

Former New York Detective Luis Alvarez died last month shortly after his testimony to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in which he urged a replenishment of the fund.

At that same hearing, Stewart delivered impassioned testimony in which he chastised some lawmakers for not acting quickly enough to continue helping the police, firefighters and other workers immediately following the Sept.

11 attack.

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