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It has been more than 17 years since the World Trade Center collapsed in the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, and since 2011, a rededicated fund has compensated emergency personnel and others who responded to the scene and have since gotten sick, as well as the families of the deceased.
But with medical claims on the rise, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is running out of money: Already, more than billion of the .375 billion it was allotted in 2015 to give away over five years has been spent.
The fund’s special master announced in mid-February that it would be necessary to slash in half the payouts for those already waiting in line; new claimants could see payments cut by as much as 70 percent.
The severe reductions have sparked a renewed push in Congress to press for more money to replenish the depleted fund — resurrecting fears of another protracted battle with Senate Republicans, who nearly quashed the fund in 2011.
On Monday, top lawmakers from New York, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who has pressed for the legislation for years, and the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, held a Capitol Hill news conference to call for the fund to be extended for the lifetime of those who were at ground zero.
They were joined by Jon Stewart, the comedian and former talk show host, who has been outspoken on behalf of ground zero workers since the attack. Mr. Stewart went out of his way to praise President Trump’s Justice Department for handling claims quickly, tapping the microphone as he said the administration was doing an “excellent job.”
“Now it’s Congress’s job to fund it properly and let these people live in peace,” Mr. Stewart said.
Mr. Stewart characterized the Republican Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, as an “impediment.” A spokesman for Mr. McConnell said he was “reviewing the legislation” and “we do not have any announcements at this time.”
The fund first operated from 2001 to 2004, covering people who died or were injured during the attacks. It doled out billion to victims’ families and billion to the injured.
The fund then went dormant, before reopening in 2011, after Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
When the Zadroga Act first came up in 2011, some Republican members of Congress were unsure about the wisdom of creating a new federal entitlement, and suggested that perhaps the expenses of 9/11 care should fall to the states.
In general, the legislation has not drawn loud opposition on Capitol Hill, but instead has gotten bogged down in political maneuverings. It was renewed in 2015, and allows claims to be submitted until Dec. 18, 2020.
“It’s an arbitrary date that was set,” said Robert Tilearcio Jr., whose father was a firefighter in Engine 266 who worked on ground zero in the months following the attack. His father was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2015 and died in 2017.
Mr. Tilearcio Jr., whose father lobbied Capitol Hill for the fund when he was healthy, is awaiting a wrongful death claim that could now be cut in half, which he called “a slap in the face.”
The number of compensation claimants has spiked drastically. The special master who oversees the program, Rupa Bhattacharyya, has said that in the fund’s first five years, through 2016, there were 19,000 compensation forms filed. In the two years after that, there were almost 20,000 more. And in January 2019 alone, there were another 4,800 claims.
“The stark reality of the data leaves me no choice,” Ms. Bhattacharyya said when announcing the payment cutbacks. The average payout has been 0,000, according to her office, with the average claim for deceased individuals a much higher 2,807. The highest payout was .1 million.
John Feal, who was a demolition supervisor at ground zero, lost his foot when a giant steel beam crushed it; he has become one of the leading advocates for a permanent victims compensation fund.
“People are sick and dying and this is a morbid, perverted game that Congress plays that’s just not right,” said Mr. Feal, who was in Washington this week. “I have people in wheelchairs, people with six months to live and oxygen tanks on this trip.”
Mr. Feal is a veteran of these legislative battles. “In 2010, we had to beg. In 2015, we had to ask nicely,” he said. “In 2019, we’re demanding it.”
The fate of the new effort in Congress remains unclear. There was bipartisan support on Monday, with Senator Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, and Representative Peter King, a New York Republican, both in attendance at the news conference with Mr. Stewart.
In the House, the legislation will go through the House Judiciary Committee, where the chairman, Jerrold Nadler, the New York Democrat, is supportive.
Under the Zadroga Act, the fund was expanded to include recovery workers and those who were near the site of the attacks who have since suffered from illnesses, such as certain cancers, that might be related to exposure to toxins in the dust and debris.
“The compensation fund is their apology to us,” said Bridget Gormley, whose father was a Brooklyn-based firefighter who spent the months after the attack at ground zero. He died in 2017 after being diagnosed with bladder cancer and then lung cancer.
Ms. Gormley now works with a law firm that advocates for 9/11 compensation claimants and is one herself. Now she faces a large cutback.
“They seem to think that cancer works on a timeline and has five-year cycles,” she said of Congress, “and it doesn’t.”B:
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【他】【迅】【速】【点】【了】【一】【堆】【菜】。 【全】【都】【是】【适】【合】【姜】【洛】【离】【这】【个】【孕】【妇】【吃】【的】。 【然】【后】【姜】【洛】【离】【就】【发】【现】，【墨】【时】【修】【点】【的】【那】【些】【菜】【全】【都】【是】【她】【平】【时】【比】【较】【爱】【吃】【的】。 【他】【自】【己】【喜】【欢】【吃】【的】，【他】【一】【个】【没】【点】。 【而】【且】【因】【为】【她】【孕】【期】【胃】【口】【变】【得】【比】【较】【挑】【剔】，【很】【多】【以】【前】【能】【吃】【的】【东】【西】【现】【在】【都】【不】【能】【吃】【了】。 【反】【而】【是】【喜】【欢】【吃】【一】【些】【稀】【奇】【古】【怪】【的】【东】【西】。 【那】【些】【东】【西】【她】【会】【觉】【得】【好】
【出】【于】【随】【便】【玩】【玩】、【反】【正】【闲】【着】【也】【是】【闲】【着】、【不】【想】【去】【大】【势】【力】【摸】【鱼】【等】【诸】【多】【心】【态】，【同】【时】【也】【是】【因】【为】【自】【己】【的】【建】【筑】【技】【术】【真】【的】【还】【不】【错】，【小】【楠】【并】【没】【有】【放】【过】【这】【篇】【帖】【子】。 【他】【联】【系】【了】【发】【帖】【人】，【也】【就】【是】Ender_Rain【留】【下】【的】QQ。 【然】【后】…… 【小】【楠】【永】【远】【不】【会】【忘】【记】【那】【个】【晚】【上】，【他】【打】【开】【电】【脑】，【登】【录】QQ，【输】【入】【从】【论】【坛】【抄】【下】【来】【的】QQ【号】，【点】【击】