LI first responders lobby for 9/11 health bill in DC

Sept. 11 first responders from Long Island were on Capitol Hill today pushing for a settlement bill that would help workers who were sickened by the toxic dust at Ground Zero.

Nearly nine years after the attacks, the U.S. Senate today held its first full committee meeting on the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. If approved, the bill would give up to $712 million to police, firefighters and construction workers whose health has been impacted by the Ground Zero cleanup.

"We're learning the health effects of the 9/11 disaster are more extensive and more wide-ranging than anyone originally thought," said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

The compensation deal must be approved by 95 percent of the plaintiffs before it is made final.

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