WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) — The 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Act has reached a critical milestone in Washington after gaining support from a majority of House members.
As of Monday, there was exactly 226 representatives that signed on to support a measure that would permanently fund the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.
New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney notes the number is “more than what's needed to pass it.”
As WCBS 880’s Steve Burns reports, getting the bill to the finish line has become a personal crusade for Maloney.
“We frame it and it is a national responsibility,” Maloney notes.
Now, the list of sponsors reflects the responsibility, though it still appears somewhat split among party lines – 80 percent of the sponsors are Democrats.
“Basically, everyone we ask to co-sponsor either says they are co-sponsoring it or they'll vote for it when it comes to the House floor, said Long Island Congressman Peter King.
He claims there is no opposition from the members of the Republican Party.
“As this goes along and it comes time for the vote, we're going to get the overwhelming majority of Republicans. The toll is increasing almost every day,” he said. “Six first-responders died in a five-day span a couple of weeks back. Now totaling more than 2,100 people that have died from a 9/11-related illness.”
He adds that officials expect that number to surpass that of the number of people who died during the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 before 2020.