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Health bill for 9/11 responders clears Congress

(Reuters) – Legislation to provide medical care for firefighters and other responders to the September 11, 2001 attacks passed the Congress on Wednesday after backers struck a deal to end a Senate Republican blockade of the measure.

The so-called James Zadroga 9/11 health bill was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on a vote of 206-60 after it cleared the U.S. Senate by voice vote.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill.

The bill would provide medical treatment for emergency responders sickened by toxic dust inhaled at the World Trade Center site in New York in the days following the attack. Republicans had balked at the initial $7.4 billion cost of the 10-year bill, which had been approved by the House, and blocked Senate passage.

Backers early on Wednesday struck a deal whittling down the size of the bill to a five-year bill at a cost of $4.3 billion. The Senate quickly approved it without debate and the House .

“We didn’t get everything we wanted, but always remember legislation is the art of compromise. This is $4.3 billion better than nothing,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.

“This is the day we’ve all been working toward and waiting for. Our Christmas miracle has arrived,” said New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Lawmakers had been working nine years to win congressional approval of the measure, she said.

The bill provides for a health program for responders sickened by the toxic debris and establishes a victim compensation fund. Victims have five years to file claims.


The cost is paid for by an excise tax on government purchases from companies in countries that are not part of the World Trade Organization procurement arrangements. The U.S. business community had objected to that provision.  The money collected will also help reduce the deficit by $450 million over 10 years, according to estimates. Republican opponents had taken considerable heat from firefighters and other emergency workers as well as Democrats and conservative media outlets for blocking the bill.

“Some have tried to portray this debate as a debate between those who support 9/11 workers and those who don’t,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. “This is a gross distortion of the facts. There was never any doubt about supporting the first responders. It was about doing it right.” It is one of the final pieces of legislation to clear the Congress before it was expected to adjourn later on Wednesday. A new Congress is seated in January and Republicans will take control of the House. Backers would have had to start the legislative process all over if they had failed to push the measure through the current Congress.

Thousands of firefighters, police and other rescue and cleanup workers have experienced respiratory problems and other illnesses from working at the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of the attack on the twin towers…continue reading


President of Iran Ahmadinejad launches probe into truth behind 9/11? What is going on?

Many of us would like to know the truth about 9/11, but will Iran’s version of the truth become another tool to “Destroy The West”?  People of the West cannot allow others to divide us.   Many of us may have roots in the middle east, and many more of us pray to a man from the Middle East named Jesus.  Even if this inquiry turns out to be legitimate, we cannot allow it to divide us.  Ahmadinejad can care less about the West, he says it himself.   Regardless of what happens, Iran’s goal is to create chaos in the “Great Satan”, which is according to Iranian foreign policy statements.

If Iran and Ahmadinejad truly cared about 9/11 truth, why did they wait this long to investigate it?  More than likely Ahmadinejad is reacting to the Stuxnet Cyber Weapon Attack, which Iran blames on the west.   Anyone have any information you can share?  Email us  Read the article below:

Reiterating his contention that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated, the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced the launch of a probe into the Sep 11 ‘events’.

“I announce that the formation of an independent and neutral team to examine the facts and discover the truth of the September 11 events is the demand of all the peoples of the region and the world,” Ahmadinejad said at a rally here on Wednesday, Oct 13 night, reported The Telegraph.

The President, on a visit to Lebanon, toured Shia Muslim strongholds of south Beirut, the report added.  Ahmadinejad has, several times, in the past argued that the Sep 11, 2001 attacks were not what the United States makes it look like.  Ahmadinejad’s assertion of the same at the UN General Assembly, prompted the US as well as the United Kingdom to stage a walk out in Sep 2010.

The Iranian president claimed “most nations” believed the US government was behind the Sep 11 attacks, citing a theory “that some segments within the US government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy, and its grips on the Middle East, in order to save the Zionist regime.”  “The majority of the American people as well as most nations and politicians around the world agree with this view,” he added. Even before his statement at the United Nations, Ahmadinejad had made the same claim in March 2010 two days ahead of his official trip to Afghanistan.

The Iranian state media had quoted him as saying that the 9/11 attacks were a “big lie” intended to pave the way for the invasion of a war-torn nation.

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