Congress passes 9/11 responders bill

12/23/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

It took several years, but a scaled-down version of a bill providing for the health monitoring and compensation for rescue workers injured as a result of their efforts at ground zero cleared both houses of Congress on Wednesday after a last-minute flurry of lobbying. The final bill will cost $4.3 billion, far less than the $7.4 billion version passed by the House earlier this year. It includes $1.8 billion over the next five years for the monitoring and treatment of health concerns caused by toxic exposure at the World Trade Center site, and $2.5 billion over the next five years for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

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