Like the House did once, although it eventually passed, the Senate yesterday sent the message that the heroes of 9/11 are on their own. They let it be known that any attempt by Americans to help their fellow Americans will now be frowned upon in “tea party” America. The Senate republicans yesterday blocked health aid for 9/11 workers.
Republican senators blocked Democratic legislation on Thursday that sought to provide medical care to rescue workers and others who became ill as a result of breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke at the site of the World Trade Center attack in 2001.
The 9/11 health bill, a version of which was approved by the House of Representatives in September, was among several initiatives that Senate Democrats had hoped to approve before the close of the 111th Congress. Supporters believe this was their last real opportunity to have the bill passed.
Despicably, the Bush administration knew the air was toxic and covered it up, thus allowing massive health problems for the heroes that helped at ground zero. Now the party of no, said that they need to fend for themselves! I know we are broke and cant afford the $7 billion dollars to do the right thing, its more important to spend $858 billion on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires!