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Brindisi Pushes For 9/11 First Responders Health Fund To Be Permanently Reinstated

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Congressman Anthony Brindisi joined local fire fighters on Monday to reinforce his push to get the 9/11 first responders health fund permanently reinstated.

Brindisi is one of 333 cosponsors on two pieces of legislation that would make the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund permanent. The fund has historically been reinstated for 5 year periods since it was established after the 9/11 attacks and is currently set to expire in 2020. The fund provides assistance to first responders who were physically injured responding to the attack or who developed illnesses connected to exposure to harmful elements at Ground Zero. The fund also assists the families of injured or killed first responders. 

The upstate Congressman says this is something everyone should be behind regardless of party affiliation or location in the country.

"We were all impacted by these terrorist attacks, this happened right in our backyard and whether you're in upstate New York or California, I think it's important for us to send a message to all of our first responders, our firefighters, our police officers, that we have your back and that when you charge towards that danger, we're going to be there for you and your family if something should happen to you or you should be stricken with some kind of an illness," says Brindisi.

Earlier this month the bill was passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee and is awaiting action on the House floor. Brindisi is calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to take immediate action and get this legislation passed this month.