12/17/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
On the Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart did a brilliant job of blasting the Republicans for their obstruction of the Zadroga bill which would have helped to provide money to the heroes of 9/11 for healthcare costs. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has issued the following statement with regards to the Zadroga bill, and hopefully there will be some movement on it as the lame duck session comes to its waning hours. Last night, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee threw his support behind the bill while on the Daily Show after having to be reminded by Jon Stewart about a dozen or so times that, like it or not, the bill is a stand alone and the only reason why it is not passing the Senate is the Republicans.
If this does, indeed, come up for a vote, hopefully the Republicans will do the right thing this time and vote for it.
It should be noted that Keith Olbermann named all 41 Republicans Second Worst Persons in the World over their vote against the Zadroga bill.
AS MOMENTUM FOR 9/11 HEALTH BILL GROWS, GILLIBRAND AIMING FOR A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE
Gillibrand: 9/11 Heroes Deserve An Up Or Down Vote
Washington, DC –Momentum for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act continues to grow, as Majority Leader Reid announced his intentions to bring the bill to another vote and Republican leaders, Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Governor Mike Huckabee, announced their support for the bill. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement:
“I’m aiming for a Christmas miracle that would fulfill our moral obligation to these heroes before the end of the year.
“Due to the tireless effort of so many first responders and survivors, after nine long years we are close to fulfilling our duty to the 9/11 heroes, but we still have a lot of work to do.
“Senator Reid, who intends to bring this issue up for another vote, has been a courageous fighter on behalf of the heroes of 9/11 and their families. I am grateful for his efforts.
“I urge my Republican colleagues to end the filibuster, engage in an open and respectful debate, and let each senator decide for themselves whether the heroes and victims of September 11th deserve quality health treatment and appropriate compensation for their tremendous loss and sacrifice. The 9/11 heroes deserve an up or down vote.”