‘For so many, it’s a lifeline, and that lifeline has just been cut off,’ said John Feal, an advocate for 9/11 responders.
 ‘For so many, it’s a lifeline, and that lifeline has just been cut off,’ said John Feal, an advocate for 9/11 responders. Photograph: John Taggart/EPA


Sick first responders and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will see payments slashed dramatically as the fund to compensate them runs out of money, officials said Friday.



The fund was created to aid people sickened by exposure to toxins at the sites of deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, and the families of those who have died.

But the $7.4bn fund is running short on cash so it will cut future payments at least in half, its administrator announced Friday. Payments to survivors who have already applied will be cut by 50%. For those who file after 2 February, checks will be slashed by 70%.

“This is devastating,” said John Feal, a leading advocate for 9/11 responders. “For so many it’s a lifeline, and that lifeline has just been cut off.”

Thousands of people have fallen ill after breathing air thick with smoke from the collapse of the World Trade Center. Close to 10,000 people in New York have been diagnosed with cancer linked to the attack.

Congress voted in 2011 to open the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for first responders and survivors sickened by the attack.

So far, it has awarded $5bn to more than 21,000 applicants, with an average award of about $240,000. That leaves only $2.4bn to pay another 19,000 claims already filed, plus thousands more expected before the fund closes at the end of 2020.

The fund’s special master, Rupa Bhattacharyya, on Friday acknowledged the “unfairness” of the drastic cuts.

People eligible for the money include firefighters and police officers who rushed to Ground Zero after the attacks, volunteers in the recovery effort and people who lived, worked and went to school in lower Manhattan.

The fund is low on cash because more and more people have died of their illnesses, resulting in claims from their families. In addition, more people have requested compensation after being diagnosed with cancer, and residents and workers from the neighborhood have filed in increasing numbers.

“The only thing these people did wrong was believe the EPA when they said the air is safe. They were lied to by our government. Then they were promised this compensation, and now the rug is being pulled out from underneath them,” said attorney Michael Barasch, who represents many 9/11 illness victims.

To reverse the cuts and pay out all claims in full, the fund would need about $12bn in total. New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand said Friday she will reintroduce legislation to provide that money and make the fund permanent. “We cannot turn our backs on these heroes,” she said.

Views: 24

"Destroying the New World Order"

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE SITE!

mobile page

12160.info/m

12160 Administrators

 

TOP CONTENT THIS WEEK

Latest Activity

Burbia commented on Burbia's group The Comment Section is Closed
26 minutes ago
Doc Vega posted blog posts
1 hour ago
James T. Kirk posted videos
1 hour ago
Less Prone commented on Less Prone's video
Thumbnail

South Park Proved Right About Scientology XENU Story

"Leah Remini Discusses the Aftermath Series Finale and Life in Scientology"
1 hour ago
Charles Cox posted a video
Part Two of CNN Project Veritas

PART 2 - CNN Leadership Picks Winners and Losers on Eve of Debate. "...They(CNN) like Warren a lot"

Sign up now for more releases: https://exposecnn.com Become a Project Veritas Insider: https:www.projectveritas.com/brave CNN Insider Cary Poarch GoFundMe: h...
2 hours ago
Less Prone commented on Less Prone's video
Thumbnail

South Park Proved Right About Scientology XENU Story

"Does Xemu rule over the Democrats?"
2 hours ago
Chris of the family Masters posted blog posts
2 hours ago
MAC posted a discussion

Why NRA Is Raising A Red Flag Over "Red Flag" Laws

Why NRA Is Raising A Red Flag Over "Red Flag" LawsIn Colorado, nearly half of the state’s sheriff’s…See More
2 hours ago
Less Prone commented on Old Denmark's video
2 hours ago
Less Prone favorited Old Denmark's video
2 hours ago
Less Prone posted a video
2 hours ago
Chris of the family Masters favorited Old Denmark's video
2 hours ago
Boris commented on Boris's page Part 2: CNN Leadership and Staffers Reveal True Sentiments; Network Picks Favorites Among Democratic Candidates on Eve of Debate
"- CNN Leadership Picks Winners and Losers on Eve of Debate. "...They(CNN) like Warren a…"
2 hours ago
Old Denmark posted a video

Queen's speech: MP blasts "vegetarian nonsense" doing "immense harm" to the environment

In the House of Commons, MPs are debating the Queen's speech. North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin has said that "vegetarian nonsense" is doing "immense harm" ...
3 hours ago
Less Prone posted a blog post

The Crunch Is Back, There’s Going To Be A Gold Standard, And It Will Be Disastrous

The Cabal loves an element of a surprise. What wouldn't they do break havoc and chaos on humanity?…See More
3 hours ago
Less Prone favorited Mrs. Tif Morgan's discussion Edward Snowden Reveals Nasty Truth About Joe Biden’s Past
4 hours ago

© 2019   Created by truth.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

content and site copyright 12160.info 2007-2019 - all rights reserved. unless otherwise noted