Politicians rally to protect 9/11 responders

Politicians rally to protect 9/11 responders

By:  Cheryl Makin
My Central Jersey

Calling it a "shameful" situation, several members of Congress, along with local elected officials and leaders of the State Police and fire unions, gathered Monday at the Fire Headquarters on Irvington Avenue to call for permanent reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act...

...At the rally, Menendez said that as first responders are there to protect the people every day, it was "time for Congress to take one day and pass a vote to protect them for each and every day that they face a challenge."

"This reauthorization is what we call a no-brainer — something so obvious that we shouldn't have to think about co-sponsoring it or voting for it,'' said Menendez, who wrote the first Zadroga legislation about the compensation fund. "Our 9/11 responders stood in the line of fire and stood in the line of duty and they stood in the line of risk and they should not have to stand in line waiting for Congress to cast a vote for a permanent reauthorization of the Zadroga law. And yet, we are here because we cannot get Congress to do what is in essence a no-brainer."

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