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House votes 402-12 to permanently reauthorize 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund after outcry

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After a blistering Capitol Hill testimony by first responders and comedian Jon Stewart, in which he lambasted members of Congress for their lack of compassion in providing necessary funding for the health care needs of 9/11 responders, the House has voted to permanently reauthorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund through 2092. 



Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in 2010, over opposition from some Republicans who balked at its $7 billion price tag. The act was reauthorized in 2015 for 90 years. But a portion of the law — the Victim Compensation Fund — was only funded for five years, through the end of 2020.  



The bill now heads to the Senate -- Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told first responders that he would put the bill on the floor for a vote in August.


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