Menendez Celebrates Passage of Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Extension

Menendez Celebrates Passage of Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Extension

Joins 9/11 First Responders to hail permanent extension of World Trade Center Health Program, full compensation through September 11 Victim Compensation Fund


WASHINGTON, DC –  U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today joined lawmakers and 9/11 responders at a press conference after the United States Congress voted to extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act as part of an end-of year spending bill that now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The bill will extend the World Trade Center Health Program to 2090, and provide full compensation to survivors and first responders through the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.

“As someone who first introduced the Zadroga Act and had to fight to pass it that first time, I am thrilled that we are fulfilling our moral obligation as a grateful nation to support our first responders and send a powerful message to all future first responders that we will have their backs as they do ours,” said U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ). “This should have been obvious from the start. Our first-responders are always here for us – and we must be here for them. It would have been unconscionable to go home to celebrate the holidays with our families without finally telling our first responders -- in the name of New Jersey’s Jim Zadroga – that we will never forget what they did for our fellow citizens and this nation on that day that changed the world.”

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