Both Erik Paulsen, my representative to the US congress, and Michele Bachmann, the infamous insane person who represents my neighbors a few blocks away, have elected to vote against worker’s health compensation for 9/11 first responders.
And they dare to call themselves Americans!!!
According to my other neighbor, Jim Meffert, who happens to be running against Paulsen:
It absolutely sickens me that Representatives Paulsen and Bachmann were among those who turned a blind eye to the health needs of 9/11 rescue workers. These two should be ashamed of themselves. They denied critical help for our national heroes in their time of need, and along with their colleagues, hid like cowards behind a procedural vote so they wouldn’t have to take responsibility. Where would we be if those rescue workers had run away like Paulsen and Bachmann did?
Over 90,000 first responders and rescue workers served at Ground Zero, and more and more of them are suffering respiratory problems and other ailments as a result of their service. Some could face the same fate as James Zadroga, an NYPD officer who spent 450 hours at Ground Zero–and in 2006, died of respiratory disease due to toxins at the site.
After exploiting the 9/11 tragedy for years for political gain, the fact that Paulsen and his House colleagues would deny our heroes this health assistance is heartless and hypocritical.
But Paulsen and his colleagues did not want to pay for it by closing tax loopholes for foreign corporations. With this vote, Paulsen chose multinational corporate interests over our heroes.
The Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 84) (named for James Zadroga, an NYPD Ground Zero responder who died of a respiratory disease in 2006) would help cover just under 100,000 first responders (including volunteers) who worked on rescue and recovery operations on 9/11, providing up to $3.2 billion over the next ten years to pay for the 9/11-related health problems of 9/11 victims and rescue workers and up to $4.2 billion compensation for victims over 10 years, and $4.2 billion for the following 11 years.