Republicans Kill Bill That Would Provide Free Health Care To 9/11 Responders

July 30, 2010 8:50 am ET — Media Matters Action Network

Last night, Republicans successfully killed a bill that would have provided free health care to those who were exposed to toxins as they responded to the 9/11 attacks.

Sam Stein provides additional context for the incident:

At the heart of the debate was a procedural maneuver made by Democrats to suspend the rules before consideration of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The move allowed leadership to block potential GOP amendments to the measure (there was worry that Republicans would attach something overtly partisan in hopes that it could pass on the otherwise widely-popular measure). It also meant that the party needed a two-thirds majority vote.

When the final tally was announced, there were 255 representatives for the measure, 159 against. The defeat of the bill, which would have provided free health care to those affected during the 9/11 rescue and recovery, likely means that the court system will have to settle compensation issues.

Watch Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D-NY) reaction to Republicans' block of a bill that would help the Americans who are physically affected by 9/11 every day of their lives: