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New York politicians advocate to replenish 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

October 13, 2018 - 5:09 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are coming together to keep the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund alive.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat, said the fund will most likely expire in 2020, but could very well run out of money before then.

“For their sake, and the dangers still to come to people, we cannot allow the fund to run out of money,” Maloney said. “It would be devastating to those who rely on it each and every day and as each days passes without permanent reauthorization and full funding, the suffering grows—and that’s unacceptable.”  

Republican Peter King, of Long Island, also said it is not just New Yorkers pushing for the bill. He explained that there has been support from all over the country and noted significant support from Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner.

“What a lot of people don’t realize is we had people, I think, from 49 out of 50 states, came to volunteer or to work after 9/11,” King explained. “Obviously most are from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but there were also many who came from all over the country to work there, give their time and effort. They also are subject to these illnesses.”

There was no word as to when the measure will come to a vote.