The EPA lied and said the air around the World Trade Center was fine. We all now know that was far from the truth. Members of the FDNY, NYPD and volunteers alike have developed serious and deadly health conditions as a result.
The 9/11 Bill was supposed to provide $3.2 billion on health care over the next 10 years for sick workers. Additionally $4.2 billion would be provided to compensate victims and another $4.2 billion was to be provided 10 years down the line. Yes, it’s a ton of money but it was supposed to be paid by closing tax loopholes that on foreign businesses that do business here in the states.
The 9/11 Bill was defeated 255 to 159. Of course leave it to a few Republican’s to make a few asinine remarks, both from the state of Texas. “This legislation as written creates a huge $8.4 billion slush fund paid by taxpayers that is open to abuse, fraud and waste.” stated Rep. Lamar Smith. “We support it, without raising taxes on the rest of the American people,” from the mouth of Rep. Joe Barton.
Why would taxes have to be raised? The U.S. is spending and has spent way more than the cost of this bill in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In reality what Congress is stating is yeah it sucks that many of you are sick and dying but you’re on your own! In other words, drop dead because we’re not paying to take care of you!
Besides isn’t most of this money supposed to come from closing tax loopholes on foreign companies? Yes it is but apparently it’s OK for foreign companies to not pay taxes while they make billions of dollars. How many U.S. citizens are being employed by these companies anyway? No way to tell because it’s virtually impossible to find out what companies are receiving the incentives.
This bill not passing is a disgrace………..