A bill extending funding for the 9-11 Victim Compensation Fund has been approved by the Senate with a vote of 97-2. The bill, which extends funding for decades, provides assistance for first responders and others who were exposed to deadly toxins at Ground Zero after the 9-11 terror attacks.
The measure got a big push from New York firefighters, police and former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart. In emotional testimony before a House committee recently, Stewart argued that lawmakers should be ashamed for periodic lags in funding.
While New York first responders and supporters say they’re relieved, so do lawmakers cross the spectrum. With overwhelming passage in the House as well, the bill now head’s to President Trump’s desk, where he’s expected to sign it.