House committee backs Zadroga Act extension
Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) tells News 12 that members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are supporting a permanent extension of the Zadroga Act.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act helps pay for medical costs of first responders who are suffering from 9/11-related illnesses.
Congress allowed that legislation to expire on Sept. 30, potentially leaving first responders in an unthinkable bind.
King credits the first responders themselves for the change. He says their multiple trips to Washington, D.C. made an impact on lawmakers.
He says the goal is to have Congress approve the Zadroga extension by early to mid-December.
The last vote before lawmakers leave for the holiday break is scheduled to take place on Dec. 11.