NY elected officials applaud passage of 9/11 health bill

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, plumes of smoke rise from the World Trade Center buildings in New York. The Empire State building is seen in the foreground. For years, a handful of current and former American officials have been urging President Barrack Obama to release secret files that they believe document links between the government of Saudi Arabia and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Other officials, including the executive director of the 9-11 commission, have said the classified documents don’t prove that the Saudi government knew about or financed the attacks_and that making them public would fuel bogus conspiracy theories. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s elected officials are applauding a vote by Congress to extend federal health monitoring and treatment to Sept. 11 first responders through 2090.

The legislation included in the year-end budget package that passed Friday also would pay an additional $4.6 billion into a compensation fund for victims and extend if for five years.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Sept. 11 first responders “can finally feel secure that they will have health care for the rest of their lives.”

Sen. Charles Schumer said passage of the bill means “some peace of mind for each and every hero.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hailed “a long-overdue victory for the more than 56,000 9/11 responders and survivors in New York state today.”

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