9/11 Health Bill Slated To Hit House Floor Tomorrow

The office of Congressman Jerrold Nadler emails to say that the James Zadroga 9/11  Health and Compensation Act, which would provide health care to first 9/11 first responders and provide economic help to those hurt in the attacks, is expected to receive an up-or-down vote on the House floor tomorrow.

In July, the bill failed, but was then operating under a requirement that it achieve 2/3rds vote, a parliamentary move by Democrats to keep the Republican minority from adding amendments. This time, the bill is expected to pass, even if Republicans add so-called “poison pill” amendments. The money–to the tune of $5 billion–has already been appropriated, and would cover 50,000 first responders and survivors of the attacks.

President Obama has indicated that he will sign the bill.