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house Bill H.R. 1327

Should the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Be Permanently Reauthorized?

Argument in favor

The heroes of 9/11 who responded to the terror attacks and in the process were exposed to toxic substances that eventually caused them to develop cancer or other illnesses shouldn’t have to worry about paying for treatment. This bill would permanently reauthorize the Victim Compensation Fund to ensure that America’s promise to the heroes of 9/11 isn’t forgotten.

jimK's Opinion
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07/12/2019
Just do it! It is inconceivable that you could do otherwise. People gave their health and their lives to protect a large number of our citizens. Such selfless behavior in support of others could not be comprehended by our bone spurs in chief nor Republican leadership, but doing what is necessary for the common good should always be honored and recognized- not punished nor ignored. Worried about funds? How about taxing PAC donations at say 50% for any cumulative annual donation of over $10,000, and escalating percentages for larger donations. If rich folk want to buy our politicians, let them at least pay taxes for the privilege. If 70 additional years is too long, make it 60 additional years- but do not renew it every few years- way to easy for politicians to forget our promise to “never forget”.
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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07/12/2019
No QUESTION. THEY RISKED THEIR LIVES. They are SICK because they risked their lives. They deserve to be cared for just like all our Veterans.
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Sandra 's Opinion
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07/12/2019
The first responders and those who worked on the pile at ground zero to recover the remains of the victims of 911 are still getting sick and dying all of these years later. They and their families need financial assistance so they aren’t bankrupted by medical costs. They did their jobs, now do yours! Pass this legislation. Anyone voting against it should be voted out in their next election.
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Argument opposed

While first responders and other 9/11 victims who are suffering from serious illnesses should continue to receive compensation for their healthcare as long as they need it, it should be reauthorized for a shorter duration of time to ensure that Congress revisits the program and has designated opportunities to review or reform it.

burrkitty's Opinion
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07/12/2019
I don’t approve of permanent funding for any program, no matter how worthy. Spending oversight is a necessity even if it is only once a generation. No program should be authorized for more than 25 years at a time.
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Doug's Opinion
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07/12/2019
Authorizing this bill has merit, but not for 89 years after the event.
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David's Opinion
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07/11/2019
Where’s the money coming from???? The Gov’t is bankrupt.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedJuly 29th, 2019
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed July 23rd, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 97 Yea / 2 Nay
  • The house Passed July 12th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 402 Yea / 12 Nay
      house Committees
      Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedFebruary 25th, 2019

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    Just do it! It is inconceivable that you could do otherwise. People gave their health and their lives to protect a large number of our citizens. Such selfless behavior in support of others could not be comprehended by our bone spurs in chief nor Republican leadership, but doing what is necessary for the common good should always be honored and recognized- not punished nor ignored. Worried about funds? How about taxing PAC donations at say 50% for any cumulative annual donation of over $10,000, and escalating percentages for larger donations. If rich folk want to buy our politicians, let them at least pay taxes for the privilege. If 70 additional years is too long, make it 60 additional years- but do not renew it every few years- way to easy for politicians to forget our promise to “never forget”.
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    I don’t approve of permanent funding for any program, no matter how worthy. Spending oversight is a necessity even if it is only once a generation. No program should be authorized for more than 25 years at a time.
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    No QUESTION. THEY RISKED THEIR LIVES. They are SICK because they risked their lives. They deserve to be cared for just like all our Veterans.
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    The first responders and those who worked on the pile at ground zero to recover the remains of the victims of 911 are still getting sick and dying all of these years later. They and their families need financial assistance so they aren’t bankrupted by medical costs. They did their jobs, now do yours! Pass this legislation. Anyone voting against it should be voted out in their next election.
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    This is where America's priorities start to haunt our conscience. Shall we continue to fund tax cuts for the wealthy and for industry to produce weapons of death for military endeavors overseas? Or shall we use our resources to care for those brave individuals and families at home who protected and saved the lives of fellow countrymen when attacked on 9/11? Americans have chosen to fund heroes of 9/11. Now you choose members of Congress. It's your turn. What are YOUR priorities?
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    Authorizing this bill has merit, but not for 89 years after the event.
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    Ultimately, 9/11 is no different than any other tragedy. The victims aren’t different than other victims. The heroes aren’t different than other heroes. This should be funded, but there also needs to be funding for victims and heroes of other tragedies. Singling September 11, 2001 out as a singular event for this sort of subject is an action of emotion, not logic. Not that emotion is necessarily a fraudulent reason, but we must have the same level of compassion for everyone. The same sense of responsibility. The same willingness to do whatever it takes. So, pass this bill. And, then do a whole lot more. When we know better, we should do better. We know better than to let people languish in misery, so we should do better. Fix it.
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    Our 9/11 first responders suffered greatly as a result of their bravery and Congress has shamefully been reluctant to provide full funding for them and their families as they suffer from cancer. This program needs to fully funded until every 9/11 first responder and their families have received the compensation they deserve!
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    Hey congress just an idea. IF YOU TOOK YOUR HEADS OUT IF YOUR ASSES DO YOU THINK YOU COULD GET THIS DONE. Then you can stick them back
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    Absolutely need to make sure our first responders and those who risked their lives for others are cared for! No question in my mind. Anyone in OFFICE who can look into the eyes of anyone who served and sacrificed their life and health during this tragic event, for their fellow human being, and says NO to this bill should be removed from office.
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    Where’s the money coming from???? The Gov’t is bankrupt.
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    Definitely, we just can’t turn our back to any first responder. What would happen to their immediate family members? It’s our duty and responsibility to help them.
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    Surprised Republicans voted for this since they have been the assholes blocking this...oh that’s right....2020 is a election year. Assholes we see what your doing.
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    This should be a no brained!!! These people put their lives on the line without hesitation or afterthought. It’s shameful that this should even be questioned!
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    Reading these no reasons that are ridiculous, racist, and short minded. This fund deals with the greatest terror event in our history. This fund isn’t indefinite, it’s in til the last person passes away. That has a 100 year lifespan. Most laws voted on last forever until they are overturned. As a society we take care of our own people not try to find others to take care of them. Finally people voting later in life will not have a true understanding of the scope of this event because they were not alive during it. Do the right thing and vote yes or get voted out of office.
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    I realize this is part of their job. But 9/11 was way more than any normal job expectation. Above and beyond any normal emergency NYC ever had.
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    I’ll never be able to imagine what rescuers and people directly involved in the 9/11 attacks went through. Survivors are still suffering mentally and physically. So the least we can do is give back to them by giving them funding to help with any issues they may have. They helped us, now we need to help them.
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    One of the few roles a government has is to protect it’s citizens from harm. When the they fail to do so, we should compensate the victims.
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    Permanently re authorize the 9/11 victims compensation fund.
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    My Congressman did the right thing. Did yours?
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