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Budget Bill Helps 9/11 Responders

WASHINGTON — The new budget passed by Congress Thursday fixes a legislative gaffe that could have killed a new program that helps ailing 9/11 responders.The problem was that the new James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act — passed i…

WASHINGTON — The new budget passed by Congress Thursday fixes a legislative gaffe that could have killed a new program that helps ailing 9/11 responders.

The problem was that the new James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act — passed in a bitter fight last December — included no way to pay for administration of the compensation fund, a cost likely to run to tens of millions of dollars.

That’s because the measure was modeled on the old 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund law that helped people in the years right after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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