Members of New York’s congressional delegation have sent a letter to the House leadership asking them to “urge our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to have a debate that focuses on our national obligation to the living victims of 9/11 and not try to use the proceedings for political gain.”
The letter is addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and majority leader Steny Hoyer, as well as their Republican counterparts, minority leader John Boehner and minority whip Eric Cantor. It is signed by Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Peter King, Mike McMahon, Joe Crowley, Anthony Weiner, and Eliot Engel.
The 9/11 Health Bill, which would provide compensation to survivors and first responders of the World Trade Center attack, is being debated on the House floor today. Republicans have raised concerns about the cost.
Other interested parties are lobbying today on the issue as well. The AFL-CIO has sent a letter to all members of Congress urging passage, as has Richard Wood, president of Plaza Construction Corporation, which was involved in rescue, recovery, and debris removal after the attacks and is now subject to 10,000 lawsuits, according to the letter.
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