Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon and House colleagues rallied with 9/11 advocates at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., this week to call for passage of health legislation named after James Zadroga, an NYPD officer who died of exposure to Ground Zero toxins.
The bill, introduced by McMahon and fellow New York Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler and Peter King, looks to spend about $8 billion to re-open the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation fund to care for emergency workers who responded to Ground Zero.
"Our inability to move this bill up until now really speaks to a failure in the moral fabric of this country," McMahon (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) said at the rally. "We join with you today to say that we will help you get this done as soon as possible and I am honored and privileged to join you in that fight."
The rally was organized by the FealGood Foundation and the NYC Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation.