NY senator renews hope for 9/11 health bill

December 19, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A New York senator says new Republican support for the 9/11 health bill may enable its passage before the current congressional session ends.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said her fellow Democrats intend to resurrect the $7.4 billion health initiative for first-responders and survivors in coming days, The New York Times and other media reported Saturday. The measure fell three votes short of breaking a filibuster against it Dec. 9.

“We have the votes we need,” Gillibrand said at a Capitol Hill news conference following passage of the “don’t ask don’t tell” repeal. “We have indications from several Republicans that they very much want to vote for this bill.”

She did not name the Republicans.

“They would like to vote for a stand-alone bill,” she said. “There is general agreement on a new pay-for that we’re going to offer, so the hope is to get to the bill as soon as the START bill is completed.”

The Times said new federal fees acceptable to Republicans would fund the measure that would provide medical care to workers and others sickened by being exposed to toxic debris and fumes at the site of the World Trade Center attack in 2001.

To read more, visit: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40736452/ns/politics-capitol_hill/

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