Oliver Willis | Addicting Info | December 1, 2015
Republicans have been caught yet again playing politics with much-needed funds for survivors of the 9/11 attacks.
This time around it is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who used the power of his office to get in the way of a bill providing funds for these heroes.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) insists he will pass a new 9/11 health and compensation bill, but multiple sources told HuffPost Tuesday that he cut off a sure route for passing it by refusing to attach it to the five-year highway bill that is moving through Congress this week.
A spokesman for McConnell denied that he stood in the way of legislation to help ailing first responders, arguing that since a formal bill hadn’t been offered up, there was nothing to block.
But multiple sources told HuffPost that committee leaders in the House and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had agreed on the bill’s components, and all they needed was for McConnell to sign off.
The bill, called the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, would provide money to make up for funds for 9/11 victims and first responders that are going to expire this year. The bill would have sent $7 billion which would be used to extend health benefits and add five years of funding to the Victims Compensation Fund.