The toxic dust at Ground Zero after 9/11 affected every person who was exposed, regardless of age, race, religion, or politics.
Thankfully, bipartisan majorities in Congress, as well as Presidents of both major political parties, have supported 9/11 first responders and survivors who became sick as a result of their exposure to these toxins.
A recent controversy demonstrates the strength of that support, even during a contentious election campaign.
Earlier this year, a dispute between New York City and the federal government initially resulted in the Treasury Department withholding nearly $4 million from the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program.
This invaluable program provides comprehensive physical and mental health services to all active and retired FDNY members who responded to the 9/11 attacks, at no cost.
On learning of this dispute, New York State’s Congressional delegation – both Senators and all twenty-seven members of the House of Representatives – came forward to defend the program and call for the immediate restoration of funds.
These elected officials ignored political party labels to defend 9/11 first responders, ultimately succeeding when the missing funds were returned to the health program, as the New York Daily News celebrated in a recent editorial.
As we approach the end of a difficult year, we want to thank the elected officials who have yet again set politics aside to stand with the 9/11 community.