Chuck Schumer appeared on “Good Morning America” today with a stark warning for senators dragging their feet on the 9/11 Health Bill.
“It’s not too late,” he told host George Stephanopoulos. “But it will be if we don’t do anything, because thousands will die because they don’t get adequate medical care.”
Schumer added that he believes the bill will pass unless one of his colleagues uses procedural maneuvers to keep it from coming to the floor.
Earlier today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg convened with the New York congressional delegation in the Blue Room at City Hall and pressed for passage, telling a news conference, “It’s a vote on whether we should stand by those who stood by America in its hour of greatest need. It’s a vote on whether we should fulfill our obligation to the men and women in uniform, and in hard hats, whom we rightly call heroes.”
It does appear now that the Senate is going to vote on the bill, after Democrats shaved $1 billion off the price tag. The bill is now expected to cost $6 billion after Democrats scrapped a plan to tax multinational firms that are incorporated in tax havens. The new plan calls for an excise tax on companies that trade with the U.S. but are based in countries not part of an international procurement agreement.