This important piece of legislation helps those affected by the attacks on 9/11, including the rescue workers and people who lived and worked in the area at the time. It provides services to these folks who have been dealing with a variety of ailments, including respiratory sickness and post traumatic stress. As shown in Sicko, our rescue workers are still dealing with on-going health issues that our government refuses to acknowledge let alone offer $$ assistance. If that doesn't speak volumes as to the blatant lack of appreciation and respect our government continues to show its citizens, especially those who do the dirty work, I don't know what does.
Only a handful of representatives have signed on, most of them from the New York/New Jersey area. Ridiculous. This bill was introduced a year ago and has sat silent since April, 2007 (!!). I am disgusted that I never heard it mention on the MSM. I am also appalled that every single representative has not signed this bill and gotten it passed already so these folks can get the help they need and deserve. Please contact your representative and demand they endorse this bill. If you do not know or aren't sure who your representative is, click on this link.