Shaheen Statement on Senate Passage of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Reauthorization Bill

July 23, 2019

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after voting in favor of legislation to extend authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund through 2090. The bill overwhelmingly passed the Senate, and having previously passed the House of Representatives, will now be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Shaheen is an original cosponsor of the Senate companion legislation.  

“I’m relieved this bill will soon become law so we can ensure every person who relies on the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund for medical assistance receives the care they need,” said Shaheen. “It’s unacceptable that as they fought illnesses related to their service, these men and women also had to fight Congress to reauthorize this legislation. Politics never should have interfered with Congress’ obligation to ensure that those wounded in the terror attacks on 9/11 and the brave souls who helped rebuild in the aftermath at Ground Zero have access to the health services they need and deserve. I applaud the advocacy of those who stepped forward to push this bill over the finish line and I urge the President to move expeditiously and sign it into law.”