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.”