NEW YORK, NY — Congressman Eliot L. Engel joined bipartisan Members of Congress to introduce H.R. 7062, Never Forget the Heroes; Permanent Authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, tens of thousands of Americans have fallen ill and lost their lives due to toxic pollutants that filled the air surrounding the wreckage. Responders and survivors have been promised permanent health care through legislation signed into law in 2015. However, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which offers financial assistance to these Americans and their families, will expire in 2020 without action from Congress.
H.R. 7062, of which Engel is an original cosponsor, will permanently fund this program.
“The heroes of 9/11 came from far and wide to help their fellow Americans in their time of need. The least we can do is take care of them, and do it permanently,” Engel said. “I was proud to support the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and its 2015 reauthorization—two bills I fought hard to get through the Energy and Commerce Committee—and I am tremendously proud to support this legislation. It is my honor to represent the people of New York, including the heroes this program serves, and I will fight to keep this program running for them.”