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Zadroga's bill is moving to the Senate. CC by U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass/Wikimedia Commons

The Zadroga bill has passed in the House of Representatives. Now it goes on to the Senate. The bill allocates funds to provide medical care to rescue workers who were on the scene of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. There have been recorded after-effects of responding to that crisis. People inhaled dust, debris, and toxic fumes during those events. The bill is named for just such a responder. James Zadroga was a policeman who was one of the first on the scene. His death may have been partly caused by effects from responding at the scene.

House of Representatives passes Zadroga bill

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act is also known as the Zadroga bill. The House of Representatives finally passed it. The bill passed 268 to 160. The James Zadroga bill, according to the New York Times, will cost $7.4 billion. Any injuries or illnesses that happened and may be related to Ground Zero will be looked into with $3.2 billion of that money, and10 percent of the costs are being paid by New York City. A September 11 Victim Compensation fund will be set up also with about $4.2 billion.

Contention starts with the law

This is the second time that this bill has been brought to the House. It had to have two-thirds majority in order to pass when it came at first in July. That didn’t end up happening. The bill was introduced that way because of republicans. An amendment made it so the rules were in place. Benefits wouldn’t have extended to illegal immigrants under the first James Zadroga act. That’s why it had to be changed. There has also been controversy considering James Zadroga himself. The medical examiner who performed his autopsy determined he did not die from any causes related to his involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks. The first bill had Anthony Wiener and Peter King fighting over it very strong and hard.


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