Senate Passes 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Extension

The U.S. Senate followed the House of Representatives on Tuesday and passed legislation that will extend the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund until 2092. The legislation will fund all current and future medical claims of those effected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, and United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The extension of funding will benefit victims who may develop mesothelioma linked to the more than 400 tons of asbestos that covered the 16-acre disaster zone after the twin towers fell. According to World Trade Center Registry, an estimated 410,000 people may have been exposed to asbestos and other hazardous debris of the attack on New York City. The bill passed in the Senate by a 97-2 vote. It passed the House earlier this month with a 402-12 vote. President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law. “I’m confident the president will sign it,” Rep. Peter King, R-NY, told News 12 Long Island. β€œIt’s been a long time coming, but the victims of 9/11 and their families deserve this compensation.” Legislation Covers Victims and Families Unlike previous extensions, the bill does not limit the amount to be spent. The legislation will cover individuals who have been physically injured as a result of the attacks β€” or the debris removal efforts β€” and the families of those who have died in the aftermath. It will include thousands of firefighte...
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