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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 186

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED DECEMBER 14, 2015







Sponsored by:

Senator KEVIN J. O'TOOLE

District 40 (Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic)
Co-Sponsored by:

Senator Holzapfel

SYNOPSIS

Calls upon Congress to enact "James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act."


CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

As introduced.





A Concurrent Resolution calling upon Congress to enact the "James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act."
Whereas, The "James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010" ("Zadroga Act") was named after James Zadroga, a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer, who died of a respiratory disease as a result of his participation in rescue and recovery operations in the rubble of the World Trade Center following the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks; and

Whereas, Officer Zadroga was the first NYPD officer whose death was attributed to his exposure to, and contact with, toxic chemicals at the attack site; and

Whereas, The Zadroga Act was signed into law by President Obama in 2011 and established the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program; and

Whereas, The WTC Health Program provides medical screening, testing, and treatment services for people who worked in response and recovery operations after the 9/11 attacks and other survivors suffering from 9/11 health-related conditions; and

Whereas, The Zadroga Act also reactivated the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 which provides financial compensation for a person (or the person's representative) who suffered physical harm or was killed as a result of the 9/11 attacks or the debris removal efforts that took place in the immediate aftermath; and

Whereas, Thirteen years after the attacks, first responders and other survivors are still battling serious health crises resulting from exposure to the toxins at Ground Zero; and

Whereas, More than 30,000 first responders and survivors from all 50 states have illnesses or injuries caused by the 9/11 attacks, and two thirds of those have more than one illness; and

Whereas, Many 9/11 first responders or other survivors are disabled or suffer from chronic medical and mental health conditions such as cancer, asthma, obstructive pulmonary disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder; and

Whereas, The programs established under the Zadroga Act- the WTC Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund- are set to expire in October 2015 and October 2016, respectively; and

Whereas, On September 17, 2014, nearly a week after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a bipartisan group of Congressmen and Congresswomen from around the country introduced the "James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act" to extend the operability of both the WTC Health Program and September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to 2041; and

Whereas, In order to extend critically needed medical treatment services and financial compensation programs to the first responders, who on September 11, 2001 prevented an even more significant loss of life, and to the victims they rescued, it is both reasonable and necessary for Congress to enact the "James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act"; now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey (the General Assembly concurring):
1. The United States Congress is called upon to enact the "James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act" to extend critically needed medical treatment services and financial compensation programs to the first responders, who on September 11, 2001 prevented an even more significant loss of life, and to the victims they rescued.
2. Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, shall be transmitted by the Clerk of the General Assembly or the Secretary of the Senate to every member of the New Jersey Congressional delegation.

STATEMENT


This concurrent resolution calls upon Congress to enact the "James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act" to extend critically needed medical treatment services and financial compensation programs to the first responders, who on September 11, 2001 prevented an even more significant loss of life, and to the victims they rescued.

(Sponsorship Updated As Of: 1/8/2016)



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