CONGRESSMAN JOE MORELLE VOTES TO ENSURE FINANCIAL SECURITY FOR 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
(Rochester, NY) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle voted to pass H.R. 1327, the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alverez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.” This legislation, which Rep. Morelle co-sponsors, takes long-overdue action to provide the financial security and support that 9/11 first responders, survivors and families deserve.
“The brave men and women who responded on one of our nation’s darkest days represent the very best of humanity,” said Rep. Morelle. “After 9/11, we made a promise to never forget – and it is an obligation that we must keep by supporting our first responders in their time of need. Today, I'm proud to vote to renew the 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund and ensure these heroes never go without the essential support and care they deserve.”
Many of the first responders who survived 9/11 still suffer from illnesses related to the attack or the debris removal and cleanup efforts in the aftermath. This bipartisan legislation extends the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) until 2092 and reverses all cuts in compensation for both current and future claims to ensure survivors and their families get the full rewards they have been promised.
“With this legislation, our nation expresses its enduring gratitude to the victims, heroes, and survivors of September 11th,” continued Rep. Morelle. “I urge the Senate to join us and immediately reauthorize the VCF – our courageous first responders deserve nothing less.”