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September Hearing Planned to Boost Support for Bill to Provide Health Care for Workers and Residents Exposed to World Trade Center Dust
NYCOSH Update on Safety and Health, July 8, 2004

A bill that would greatly improve the federal government’s response to the health care needs of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, as well as residents who live near the World Trade Center site, the Remember 9/11 Health Act (H.R. 4059) appears to have been stalled by the Republican House leadership. However its chief sponsors, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), are planning a September hearing in New York City to galvanize support for the measure.

The hearing is tentatively scheduled for September 10 in Manhattan. The exact time and place have not been set.

Congresswoman Maloney told NYCOSH, "Congressman Shays and I are determined to make sure that everything that should be done to protect the health of 9/11 rescue workers is done, we don't want this to be another Gulf War Syndrome or Agent Orange and to be looking back in a few years asking what we could have done to deal with what is a health emergency."
Maloney’s spokesman Philip Craft added, "the September 10 hearing will do a lot to refocus attention on the fact that sooner or later the federal government will have to do something about the health of the rescue workers and others who are sick. We are going to continue to make the case until people get the care that they need."

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