A year ago today, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Permanent Authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act. Over a dozen attorneys and staff from our firm, all who had lobbied for months for the passage of this legislation, were present in the Senate chambers to witness this historic vote.
It really took a village to pass this legislation. On behalf of our clients James Zadroga and Caryn Pfeifer (wife of Ray Pfeifer), and to Luis Alvarez with whom we walked the halls of Congress, we would like to once again acknowledge the many people who worked together to ensure the passage of this bi-partisan legislation. It never would have passed but for the relentless advocacy of the police and firefighter unions, as well as the FealGood Foundation army of volunteers. And, of course, it never would have passed but for our hero and 9/11 advocate Jon Stewart.
While the extension was a huge relief for the entire 9/11 Community, the lawyers and staff at our firm continue to be heartbroken over the explosion of 9/11-related cancers and deaths—which the passage of this legislation certainly has not stopped. But, at least it ensured that everyone who was impacted by the Victim Compensation Fund’s policy reductions was made whole, and that anyone who is sickened in the future will receive full compensation for their illnesses and lost income.
We hope you enjoy this short video honoring that memorable day in the Senate.
It is an honor to represent the 9/11 Community and to stand by your side.
With deep respect,
The Barasch & McGarry Family