Congressman Sires' Statement on the Anniversary of September 11th
(Washington, D.C.) -“ Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement on the 14th anniversary of the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001:
"September 11, 2001 is a day that I will never forget as I watched the second tower fall from across the Hudson River. Thinking back on that day I feel immense sadness, but pride in the response that came from the courage of our first responders. We will always remember and honor the victims and their families from that tragic September day.
Today, Congress can do more than reflect on the anniversary of the worst terror attack on American soil, we can take concrete steps to support our heroes by passing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1786). This bill would reauthorize and fully fund the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which is set to begin to expire later this year. These programs provide long-term, comprehensive health care and compensation for those thousands of first responders and others exposed to the toxins of Ground Zero who are now sick and in need of treatment and compensation.
The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center were not just an attack on New York City, but on our entire nation and we have the responsibility to care for those who served our nation in its time of need. "