US President Donald Trump signed a bill to provide permanent financial support for the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks’ first responders, reported the HuffPost Monday.
According to a statement by the White House, President Trump signed into law the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” which reauthorizes the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund through FY 2092.
“In the wake of the September 11th attacks, courageous Americans raced into smoke, fire, and debris in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The whole world witnessed the might and resilience of our nation in the extraordinary men and women of the New York Fire Department and the New York Police Department, selfless patriots of unmatched character and devotion. I grew up with them so I can tell you that’s absolutely true. It’s always nice to really know your subject. I know that subject. These are great people,” said Trump in his speech at the White House event.
Jon Stewart, former “Daily Show” host and a longtime advocate of the bill, also attended the event. Earlier, he was the one, who slammed Congress over blocking the bill. When speaking in Congress, Steward said: “What an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting health care and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to.”
“Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress. Shameful. It is embarrassment to the country and it is a stain on this institution.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website