H.R.847: James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010
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This bill is designed to improve health services and provide financial compensation for 9/11 first responders who were exposed to dangerous toxins and are now sick as a result. It would establish a federal program to provide medical monitoring and treatment for first responders, provide initial health screenings for people who were in the area at the time of the attack and may be at risk, and reopen the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to provide compensation for losses and harm as an alternative to the current litigation system.
Introduced early in 2010, H.R. 847 was approved by the House on September 29. In December, Republican members of the Senate blocked its consideration by preventing cloture. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) cited a lack of 'vetting' within congressional committees as the reason for his opposition to the legislation, saying "This bill hasn't even been through a committee. We haven't had the debate in our committee on this bill to know if it is the best thing to do."
Other Republicans objected to the provisions within the bill that paid for the new benefits. The legislation approved by the House would have closed a loophole that "allows companies to incorporate in tax havens and avoid paying taxes on business they conduct in the U.S."
After Jon Stewart's The Daily Show featured several segments on the stalled legislation, and Democrats moved to change the section of the bill that financed the new benefits, Republican opposition softened and the bill was approved on December 22.
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- ↑ Michael O'Brien, "Coburn on 9/11 bill: 'We can do this next year, and we should'", The Hill, December 21, 2010.
- ↑ Donny Shaw, "Progress on 9-11 First Responders Health Care Bill," Open Congress Blog, December 20, 2010.
- ↑ Jordan Fabian,"White House praises Jon Stewart for plugging bill to help 9/11 responders", The Hill, December 21, 2010
- ↑ "Congress passes revised 9/11 first-responders health benefits bill", CNN.com, December 22, 2010.