Sen. Schumer: We Have the Votes to Pass Health Bill for 9/11 First Responders

By Kate McCarthy

Dec 20, 2010 9:23am

New York Democrat Charles Schumer told me this morning that they have the votes to pass the 9/11 first responders bill in the lame duck session. 

“We now have the votes, we’ve made some modifications that some of our Republican colleagues requested and if no one does undue delay, just stands up and delays and delays and delays, we will get this done,” the Senator said on “GMA.”

Schumer said he has spoken to Speaker Pelosi about keeping the House in session to push through the bill that would provide healthcare to the Ground Zero workers and he pleaded to his colleague to not delay.

“Let it come to a vote and we will win. One point George, the people who rushed to the towers after 9/11, they are our heroes just like veterans, they volunteered and risked their lives for us in a time of war,” he said. “American tradition is we don’t turn our backs on them no matter what state you’re from and no matter what party you’re from. And I see in these last moments the Congress coming together along those lines.”

So what took so long?

“First of all, the first several years we didn’t realize the kinds of terrible illnesses people were getting…And then of course to figure out how to do this exactly right took a while. The House passed it in September, we’re working on it now,” Schumer told me. “It’s not too late but it will be if we don’t do anything because thousands will die if they didn’t get adequate care.”

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