Justin Amash Votes Against Healthcare Funding for 9/11 Victims
Rep. Justin Amash was one of only twelve lawmakers who voted against the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which provides healthcare for victims and first responders from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Amash recently left the Republican Party and has not ruled out running for president in 2020.
Despite Amash voting against providing help for those who are still suffering from illnesses and problems related to 9/11, the bill passed through the House with a whopping 402-12 vote. It will now move to a vote in the Senate.
The $7.4 billion in funds that Congress had approved for 9/11 survivors in 2015 has nearly run out, which lead to assistance being slashed for those who rely on it. The Never Forget the Heroes Act will extend the Victims Compensation Fund until 2090.
NYPD Det. Luis Alvarez, who was one of the first responders following the attack, recently died of cancer believed to be related to exposure to toxins at Ground Zero. His death was just weeks after he testified alongside comedian Jon Stewart in Congress about the importance and necessity of this bill. He was just 53 years old.
“It is my goal and it is my legacy to see that you do the right thing,” Alvarez told Congress.
The family of Alvarez is now working hard to help fulfill his wishes.
“We’re not celebrating yet,” Phil Alvarez, Luis’ brother, told the New York Daily News in response to the bill passing. “I’m sure Lou is looking down and saying, ‘Let’s get this done already, let’s get this done.’”