House rejects bill to aid sick 9/11 responders

Friday, July 30th, 2010 — 8:13 am

Source: Raw Story

As aid bill for sick 9/11 responders fails, court settlement may be workers’ only option.

A bill that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to people sickened by World Trade Center dust fell short in the House on Thursday, raising the possibility that the bulk of compensation for the ill will come from a legal settlement hammered out in the federal courts.

The bill would have provided free health care and compensation payments to 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who fell ill after working in the trade center ruins.

It failed to win the needed two-thirds majority, 255-159. The vote was largely along party lines, with 12 Republicans joining Democrats supporting the measure. READ MORE…

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