Senate to Vote on 9/11 First Responders' Bill Soon

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With an already packed schedule in the final days of the Congressional session, many lawmakers assumed the bill would be left for dead and some blamed the president for not giving the bill the same attention received by the tax deal and the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

"I suppose [President Obama] can't know everything about the thousands of bills introduced in Congress each year," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D- N.Y., told ABC News. "But…it looks like the 9/11 health bill is not on the White House's radar. Our first responders are sick and many are dying and the next few days may be the last opportunity to get them the care they need."

The White House, which spent months campaigning for the repeal on the ban on gays in the military and weeks fighting for its tax plan, has only once officially called for the 9/11 bill to be considered.

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In a statement from September 2010, the White House called the bill "a critical step for those who continue to bear the physical scars" of the attacks.
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