Of the 70,000 people who have enrolled in the Zadroga Act, an act that gives medical benefits to 9/11 responders, 4,000 have cancer. The benefits ended this fall and Jon Stewart and 9/11 first responders are asking for a permanent extension.
Comedian Jon Stewart along with firefighters, policemen, & other 9/11 first responders went to a rally on the Capitol lawn to pressure Congress to extend healthcare benefits for first responders of 9/11. Many of the first responders are very sick and dying. They are to extend the benefits that provide medical monitoring, treatment, and compensation dollars for the exposure they received to toxic dust while cleaning up following the 9/11 attacks in New York.
The funding for the act is up in the air. It could run low as soon as February, and, without funding, run completely out of money by the summer. Currently, 70,000 people are enrolled in the program.
Supporters want the extension passed before the holiday break for Congress. Lawmakers claim they are close to making a deal, but they are still trying to figure out how to pay for it. It could cost up to $8 billion.
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