Pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Bill Update
It it weren’t so serious the analogy to a Mets game would feel apropos. The sort of game where your heart-is-in-your-mouth because every pitch is a game changer that can mean the difference between winning or losing. The problem is the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act is not a game, it is a very real necessity for the tens of thousands of first responders who have sought out monitoring and treatment.
So why is that the Republican Party is *still* obstructing passage? As of this afternoon, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is continuing to affirm his intention to block the bill. He claims that the bill is a “rush job” (how can that be when it was debated in the committee he sits on this past June?), but is also clearly griping at the price tag, which makes no sense since the Democrats have found a way to pay for it. One would think that would be “win-win,” but no, folks with severe asthma, COPD and other serious respiratory disorders must continue to wait and wait and wait.
As my grandmother used to say, that sort of thing is a “shonda,” a shame, a shame that continues to disgrace our very understanding of what is right and what it wrong.
Meanwhile today, a group of ardent 9/11 supporters descended on capital hill to plea their case. Let us hope that they manage to sway the seeming frozen hearts of those who oppose this bill and what it stands for.
New York Senator Gillibrand’s heartfelt plea is here.