9/11 first responders around the country, Republicans, and even Jon Stewart have been fighting to make sure that those who fought to save lives after 9/11 are taken care of. As a result of the rubble and all of the conditions that first responders were exposed to, many have severe health conditions. The 9/11 bill wasn’t being funded any longer and people were up in arms.
Many are quick to say that 9/11 was the worst day in recent American history but 9/12 was the day that brought the entire nation together. Unfortunately, too many Dems wanted to turn a blind eye to the funding that was required to keep the heroes receiving the finances to maintain their health.
The 9/11 Bill
Pres. Trump signed an act into law on Monday, authorizing the extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Trump held a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden and gave a speech about how the act cares for the individuals and the families of September 11.
Over 200 people joined the president who were individually affected by the terrorist attacks on September 11, including over 60 first responders. Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani was also in attendance as was the family of the retired, recently deceased Luis Alvarez, a bomb squad detective in NYC who chose to testify before Congress, advocating for the fund’ s extension.
The signing of this bill was important because the fund was going to expire in 2020. Much of this was as a result of dwindling resources and a large number of claims from first responders experiencing more health problems, including different types of cancer. The compensation for victims will now continue through 2090. Over the next 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the fund will cost approximately $10 billion.
The Invitation to the Dems
A number of the press in attendance at the signing of the bill made sure to mention on Twitter that Democrats were absent. This is when the Dems realized that their plan to snub Trump back-fired.
What did they do? Rather than explain that they had prior engagements, they lied. Many Dems said that they weren’t invited. However, several White House aides have come forward to say that all members of Congress were invited. Invitations went out Saturday in advance of the Monday signing of the bill. For any Congressmen who were in town (which all should be because they haven’t broken for recess yet), it should have been an easy appointment to make.
While some Dems were responsible for getting the bill together, they still didn’t make it a priority to attend. They’ll say that they were all for 9/11 responders, but if they can’t be there when the bill gets signed into action, it speaks volumes.
Since none of the Dems were in attendance, this means that none of the 20+ Dems running for the presidency were in attendance, either. With many being part of Congress, they had their invitations. They were simply “too busy” with other engagements to attend.
The Passing of the Bill
Although Jon Stewart spoke to a House Judiciary Committee that was nearly empty about the bill, it was able to pass through the House and Senate almost unanimously. No one in the House of Representatives opposed it – and only two people opposed it in the Senate. As such, it was passed on to the president, who happily signed it into law this Monday.
Now that the law is in place, it ensures that victims can obtain compensation. With so many people involved in the aftermath of September 11, it is only right that the government helps the heroes. It ensures that future heroes will step up in a time of crisis.
It is unfortunate that the Dems, who even went as far as supporting the bill and voting in favor of it in the House, chose not to be in attendance. Their hate for Trump is becoming more and more obvious. Rather than being there to support the president for signing in a bill that would change the lives of so many, they chose not to be in attendance – and worse yet, lie about not getting invitations.
Trump cannot be blamed for tearing the country apart when the House Dems continue to be unsupportive in the face of so many Americans. At least those who came to the rescue of so many after the bombings of 9/11 will now have their health prioritized – and the fund will be in place for many years to come.