The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 was reauthorized in 2015. This was no small accomplishment. It took the commitment of thousands of individuals who were advocates for victims, first responders, and recovery workers effected by the September 11th attacks. The 9/11 victim compensation attorneys at Turley, Hansen & Partner actively and proudly assisted the “Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act” in passing this important piece of legislation that provides benefits, treatment, and compensation to the thousands of individuals and families dealing with 9/11-related illnesses and losses.
Now, however, all of that progress is threatened by plans outlined by the Trump Administration which have drawn strong rebukes from both sides of the political aisle.
Specifically, on March 7, a bipartisan group of 35 Tri-State Area congressmen and women, along with long-time advocate for first responders Jon Stewart, held a rally at the Capitol to urge Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney to withdraw his proposal to separate the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) from the National Institute of Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH).
In a letter delivered to Mulvaney, the representatives wrote that:
“This proposal directly contradicts the bipartisan legislation Congress passed just three years ago with overwhelming support to renew the World Trade Center Health Program for 75 years. It will further unnecessarily put at risk the health of our constituents and those around the country suffering, and in too many cases dying, from their 9/11-related injuries, 17 years later… this ill-advised proposal, which was made with no input from the 9/11 health community, completely ignores the years of work NIOSH has already done and reflects a lack of understanding of why we worked to have NIOSH supervise and manage the WTC Health Program… We urge you to withdraw it.”
Stewart, unsurprisingly, was even more blunt in his remarks at the Capitol, noting how effective the WTCHP has been in providing screening, treatment and other essential services for first responders and other 9/11 victims:
“It is a special kind of incompetence to take a program that was fought for for 15 years by firefighters, police officers, first responders, veterans and survivors, that has finally come to fruition and is finally working well; it’s a special kind of incompetence to want to turn that upside down.”
It is unclear whether Mulvaney or the Trump Administration will heed the admonitions to withdraw the disruptive proposal and allow the WTCHP to continue its vital work unimpeded.
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