US President Barack Obama signs James Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill into law

By on Jan 3, 2011 in Current Events, United States Comments

US President Barack Obama signed on Sunday the James Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill into law, as confirmed by White House spokesman Bill Burton to US news sites.

As shown in the photo courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov which was believed to have been the first one to break the news, President Obama signed the 9/11 health bill into law on Sunday without any usual ceremony, while he was in Kailua, Hawaii for vacation; and apparently released a statement later saying that he was honored to approve it.

The law, which has an official title of James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, was created to provide health coverage to responders and workers who were believed to have been sick caused by pollution during a rescue operation after the terror attack occurred at the World Trade Center in New York, on September 11, 2001.

“We will never forget the selfless courage demonstrated by the firefighters, police officers, and first responders who risked their lives to save others,” President Obama said on the statement.

“I believe this is a critical step for those who continue to bear the physical scars of those attacks.” he added.

“At long last, the president’s signature has ended our nine-year struggle to address the 9/11 health crisis,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, and one of the authors of the bill, said in a statement.

“The Zadroga law will save lives and fulfills our moral obligation to care for those who rose to the defense of America in a time of war.” Mr. Maloney added.

Reports also said that out of $4.2 billion budget for the 9/11 law, $2.5 billion will go to Victims Compensation Fund which is being expected to be up-and-running within six months.

Meanwhile, the father of James Zadroga, an NYPD detective and among the rescuers who passed away due to a sickness related to the 9/11 pollution told the news that the law is a ‘bitter-sweet victory’.

“It’s been a long road, but finally got signed. I’m glad for them (9/11 responders).” Joseph Zadroga said.



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