While Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) honored first responders with a moment of silence ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building where members of the House gathered at 9 a.m. Friday, other lawmakers made public statements remembering the sacrifice that Emergency Medical Technicians, paramedics, firefighters, and police made on 9/11.
It has been Nineteen years since the day terrorist plotted and carried an attack which took down New York’s Twin Towers, when the Pentagon was hit and when Flight 93 was forced down in a field in Pennsylvania, possibly foiling the terrorists’ plan and saving lives.
“Yet, due to the extraordinary heroism of our firefighters, police officers and first responders who rushed into danger, September 11 does not belong to fear, but rather to courage, patriotism, and compassion,” Pelosi added.
First responders were exposed to a whole host of toxins at the ground zero sites in New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) established the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program, which later evolved into the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP), which revived and strengthened the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), all in an effort to get first responders compensation for their efforts.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) also had a message to honor those lives lost on 9/11, along with the brave firefighters and police.
In 2010 Grassley cosponsored legislation to keep the 9/11 terrorist from being tried in civilian courts on U.S. soil, instead of in a military tribunal, and prohibited the use of federal funds for civilian trials of the 9/11 terrorists.
Warner wrote, “While we can never repay the sacrifices of our first responders or their families, the 9/11 National Memorial Trail, which was unanimously passed in the Senate, provides an opportunity for every American to remember the courageous individuals who sacrificed so much that day.”
Legislation securing full benefits for first responders and their families by fully funding the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund until 2090 was signed into law by President Donald Trump in July 2019.
The bipartisan bill was passed in the Senate with a vote of 97-2, earlier in July. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) who supported the passage of the bill, sent a tweet Friday honoring the first responders.