Republican Members Urge Democrat Leadership To Fund 9/11 Health Program Ahead of 21st Anniversary

Government and Politics

September 9, 2022

Republican Members Urge Democrat Leadership To Fund 9/11 Health Program Ahead of 21st Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — First responders and survivors suffering from 9/11 related illnesses are at risk of losing access to health care as soon as 2024. That's why, ahead of the 21st Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Congressman Andrew R. Garbarino (R-NY-02) led a group of Republican cosponsors of the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act, in urging House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) to bring the legislation up for a full committee mark-up. H.R. 4965 would address a funding shortfall in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and ensure its adequate funding now and in the future. 

Rep. Garbarino, the Republican lead on this bill, was joined by Representatives Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), John Katko (R-NY), Chris Jacobs (R-NY), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), BrianFitzpatrick (R-PA), Dan Meuser (R-PA), Dave Joyce (R-OH), and Rodney Davis (R-IL). This letter follows a previous letter, sent eight weeks ago, during which time zero movement on this legislation has taken place. 

The Members wrote in part, "In July, we, Republican cosponsors of this legislation, sent you a letter urging you to work with us in a bipartisan manner to find a pay-for and bring forth H.R. 4965 for a full committee mark-up. As we noted then, if Congress does not quickly address this impending crisis, then the men and women who put their lives on the line and who survived the 9/11 terrorist attacks will lose health coverage to treat the physical and mental illnesses that they sustained on that fateful day. In the eight weeks since this last letter, no action has been taken to move H.R. 4965 forward within the committee, despite broad bipartisan support and the looming funding deficit.

"Congress has a responsibility to uphold our promises," the Members continued. "We implore you not to turn a blind eye to the hardship 9/11 responders and survivors are facing and urge you to move this critical legislation forward without further delay."

Today, the WTCHP provides medical treatment and monitoring for over 117,000 responders and survivors from the World Trade Center and lower Manhattan, the Pentagon, and the Shanksville, PA crash site, who live in every state and in 434 out of 435 Congressional Districts. 

The full text of the letter can be found here