Upon his election as Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan said that the Republicans in the House would now become the “proposition party”, not the “opposition party”. He has now proven it.
This website previously asked the new Speaker to lead in supporting the James Zadroga 9/11 Act Extension bill. In the wake of the Paris ISIS attacks, Speaker Ryan has come out in strong support of a James Zadroga 9/11 Extension bill. Thank you Speaker Ryan!
The Speaker stated that he expects that the House of Representatives can move the bill along by January 2016. This is great news for all with current and future 9/11 related cancer claims. It is also great news for all current 9/11 victims who have been already awarded benefits, but are actually awaiting their remaining 90% payout after October 2016.
There was substantial doubt whether the currently available funds in the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) would allow full payments of all awards or whether awards would have to be reduced on a pro-rated basis.
While the details of the bill that will eventually pass the House still need to be worked out (especially the funding mechanism and amount of funding), this is all good news. As we approach Thanksgiving, all 9/11 first responders have something to be thankful for.
In addition, we should all thank the determined and indefatigable coalition in Congress and the responders who have consistently walked the halls in Washington, D.C. for this major breakthrough.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!