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Lawmakers Push for $109 Million for World Trade Center Sick

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A group of lawmakers from New York and New Jersey is pushing Congress to pass a $109 Million spending bill for those affected with World Trade Center Illness. The money was added onto a $500 Billion spending bill and Senator Hillary Clinton is hoping that it passes.

As a senator, Clinton has pushed for years for the government to provide a long-term health care program for those sickened from their work at the toxic World Trade Center debris pile following the 2001 terrorist attacks. As a presidential candidate, she has highlighted her work on the issue.

“Today’s announcement marks another step toward addressing those enduring wounds,” Clinton said in a statement.

The spending bill may be vetoed by the White House. If it passes then it would provide twice the funding for those affected by World Trade Center illness that was in a previous bill.