NEW YORK (WPIX)—For the first time the United States Senate will get a chance to act on comprehensive 9/11 health legislation.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along with other elected officials, 9/11 first responders, workers and families of fallen heroes, joined together Friday to discuss what the Senate can do now that a key House subcommittee has passed the legislation.
"We have an undeniable moral obligation to help the heroes of 9/11 and all others exposed. Failure to do so may have long-lasting implications on future response efforts," said Senator Gillibrand.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act is designed to provide permanent treatment to first responders and community members from around the country. The bill would allow for monitoring and treatment for men, women and children sickened from the September 11th attacks.
The announcement on Senate action took place in the plaza in front of 7 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.