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Ground Zero Workers Visit @TomCoburn To Beg Him To Lift Hold On 9/11 First Responders Bill. video #mapoli

Though GOP obstructionism in the lame duck session has failed to stop many important bills, including the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the likely the ratification of the START treaty, one piece of legislation Senate Republicans have successfully hindered thus far is a bill to provide health benefits to 9/11 first responders. Though few GOPers have been willing to publicly discuss their opposition — indeed, not a single Republican came to the Senate floor to defend their position — Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) explained to Fox News that Republicans don’t want to “hurry” and wondered aloud “why would they need $6 billion?”

read more: Ground Zero Workers Visit Coburn’s Office To Beg Him To Lift Hold On 9/11 First Responders Bill

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Deal reached on Zadroga #mapoli #p2 

UPDATE, 12:32 p.m.: Mike McAuliffe is reporting that a deal has finally been reached. More soon.

….and a source close to the negotiations confirms to me that a deal has indeed been struck. Details soon…



Talks over the 9/11 health bill are at an impasse after Senator Tom Coburn refused to back down off his demand that the bill’s price tag come down, casting doubt on whether it can pass today, according to multiple sources on both sides of the talks.

read more: The Plum Line - Talks over 9/11 health bill at an impasse, as Tom Coburn refuses to budge

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Vote Yes on Zadroga @USSenScottBrown 9/11 heroes are more important than preserving foreign corporate tax loopholes #p2 #mapoli

Zadroga, and others in similar situations, aren’t getting their health care paid for; this is often because their health insurers claim that this is an industrial insurance problem. (The industrial insurance folks, by the way, are fighting 40% of those claims.)

Beyond that, lots of the victims are losing the ability to work altogether, which means they’re getting by on either unemployment or disability payments, which means they’re in danger of losing their homes and cars and the ability to continue their former lives.

And, of course, some of these folks have died, and there are claims that have been made by survivors.

The Zadroga Bill would compensate these folks for what happened to them-and you wouldn’t think helping out the cops and firefighters and volunteers who helped dig out the World Trade Center site would be that big a deal…especially since all those Republicans are so big on supporting the troops and waving the flag and landing on aircraft carriers and accomplishing missions and all that kind of stuff.

read more: Squarestate:: On How To Honor The Brave, Or, Why We Hate Republicans

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Fox’ Shep Smith Calls Out 17 Republicans re: GOP Obstruction Of Health Care For 9/11 Heroes #Zadroga #mapoli #tcot #teaparty #p2 #p2b

This afternoon on Fox News, host Shepard Smith called out SEVENTEEN REPUBLICANS for not coming on the air to talk about the 9/11 health bill. In recent days, Smith and other Fox hosts have become vocal critics of Republicans over their obstruction of a bill that would provide health care to heroes who got sick saving lives on 9/11. “We called a lot of Republicans today who are in office at the moment,” Smith said. “These are the ones who told us ‘no’”:


·        Alexander

·        Barrasso

·        Bunning

·        Cornyn

·        Crapo

·        DeMint

·        Ensign

·        Enzi

·        Graham

·        Grassley

·        Gregg

·        Hatch

·        Inhofe

·        Kyl

·        McCain

·        McConnell

·        Sessions


read more: Democrats.senate.gov - Senator Harry Reid, Majority Leader

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Yes, dear readers, @SenJohnMcCain really is that big an asshole. #mapoli

On Friday night, Rachel Maddow talked to Rep. Anthony Weiner about his outburst on the floor of the House back in July when Republicans were doing their best to use procedural moves to prevent the 9-11 first responder’s bill from making it through the House.

read more: John McCain: why are we “fooling around” with the 9/11 first responders bill? - In The Aggregate – Arizona’s political blogs

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James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 SUMMARY #mapoli H.R.847

To amend the Public Health Service Act to extend and improve protections and services to individuals directly impacted by the terrorist attack in New York City on September 11, 2001, and for other purposes.

This bill is designed to improve health services and provide financial compensation for 9/11 first responders who were exposed to dangerous toxins and are now sick as a result. It would establish a federal program to provide medical monitoring and treatment for first responders, provide initial health screenings for people who were in the area at the time of the attack and may be at risk, and reopen the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to provide compensation for losses and harm as an alternative to the current litigation system.


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Follow the Money! “U.S.” Chamber Of Commerce Lobbied To Help GOP Kill Bill To Provide Health Care To 9/11 First Responders #mapoli #p2 #tcot

Last night, the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart skewered Republicans for killing deficit neutral legislation to provide health care to the 9/11 first responders and emergency workers who suffered illnesses from working at Ground Zero. He also mocked the celebrity-obsessed media that has completely ignored the story. Republicans, like Sen. John Thune (R-SD), filibustered the bill because they said tax cuts for the richest 2 percent were a higher priority for Congress. While Republicans quietly snuffed out efforts to compensate 9/11 heroes, they were aided by a quiet lobbying campaign by the powerful lobbying front — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber fought to help kill the 9/11 compensation bill because it was funded by ending a special tax loophole exploited by foreign corporations doing business in the United States.

The “U.S.” part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a misnomer. As ThinkProgress reported, the Chamber represents dozens of foreign businesses in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, Bahrain, India, Brazil, and other countries. An investigation of the Chamber turned up recent fundraising documents from the Chamber soliciting foreign contributions to the Chamber’s 501(c)(6), the tax entity the Chamber used to run nasty campaign ads against Democrats earlier this year.

read more: ThinkProgress » ‘U.S.’ Chamber Of Commerce Lobbied To Help GOP Kill Bill To Provide Health Care To 9/11 First Responders

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Fox News Shep Smith rips “everybody who voted against” the Zadroga 9/11 health bill

Shep Smith never named names Friday afternoon [which was every Republican in the US Senate,] but did rip the “political” failure.

“Who’s going to hold these people’s feet to the fire? We’re able to put a 52 story building so far down there at Ground Zero, we’re able to pay for tax cuts for billionaires who don’t need them and it’s not going to stimulate the economy. But we can’t give health care to Ground Zero first responders who ran right into the fire? Went down there to save people? Do people know what this city was like that day? People were walking over bridges they were covered in ash they were running for their lives they were crying their family members were dead. And these people ran to Ground Zero to save people’s lives. And we’re not going to even give them medicine for the illnesses they got down there? It’s disgusting, it’s a national disgrace, it’s a shame and everybody who voted against should have to stand up and account for himself or herself.

read more: Shepard Smith - 9/11 First Responders

Everybody [partisan party-line vote] who voted against:

Lamar Alexander R-TN
John Barrasso R-WY
Robert F. Bennett R-UT
Christopher S. Bond R-MO
Scott Brown R-MA
Jim Bunning R-KY
Richard M. Burr R-NC
Saxby Chambliss R-GA
Tom Coburn R-OK
Thad Cochran R-MS
Susan Collins R-ME
Bob Corker R-TN
John Cornyn R-TX
Michael D. Crapo R-ID
Jim DeMint R-SC
John Ensign R-NV
Michael B. Enzi R-WY
Lindsey Graham R-SC
Charles E. Grassley R-IA
Judd Gregg R-NH
Orrin G. Hatch R-UT
Kay Bailey Hutchison R-TX
James M. Inhofe R-OK
Johnny Isakson R-GA
Mike Johanns R-NE
Mark Steven Kirk R-IL
Jon Kyl R-AZ
George S. LeMieux R-FL
Richard G. Lugar R-IN
John McCain R-AZ
Mitch McConnell R-KY
Lisa Murkowski R-AK
Harry Reid D-NV
Jim Risch R-ID
Pat Roberts R-KS
Jeff Sessions R-AL
Richard C. Shelby R-AL
Olympia J. Snowe R-ME
John Thune R-SD
David Vitter R-LA
George V. Voinovich R-OH
Roger Wicker R-MS

Filed under zadroga Scott Brown