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The Golden Era of Biomedical Research

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Nov. 22, 2013, 10:14 a.m.

House Demo­crats pushed through a bill Wed­nes­day that would provide up to $7.4 bil­lion in health be­ne­fits for first re­spon­ders and oth­er work­ers ex­posed to the dust and debris of the World Trade Cen­ter after the Sept. 11, 2001, ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

The meas­ure, long a pri­or­ity for New York law­makers, passed 268-160, with only three Demo­crats op­posed and 17 Re­pub­lic­ans cross­ing the aisle in sup­port.

“Today, mem­bers of the House put aside polit­ics and made his­tory by vot­ing in fa­vor of justice and care for the first re­spon­ders and sur­viv­ors of 9/11,” said Rep. Jer­rold Nadler, D-N.Y., whose dis­trict in­cludes the site where the twin towers col­lapsed after the air­liner at­tacks, leav­ing moun­tains of po­ten­tially haz­ard­ous ma­ter­i­als.

The bill now goes be­fore the Sen­ate, with ac­tion pos­sible in a lame-duck ses­sion.

Re­pub­lic­ans ob­jec­ted to the bill as a “new en­ti­tle­ment pro­gram” that would be open to ab­use.

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