Donovan Calls for Permanent Extension of Zadroga Act
Washington, DC—September 16, 2015....Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today joined first responders and legislators in Washington, DC to push for a permanent extension of the Zadroga Act, which will begin expiring at the end of the month. The bill would continue funding the medical expenses of first responders and volunteers who still suffer from health conditions as a result of their heroism on September 11, 2001.
“This seems straightforward: 14 years ago, true heroes risked their lives to pick up the pieces in lower Manhattan. Today, they still suffer the physical consequences of their selflessness. Time doesn’t erase our moral imperative to cover their medical expenses – it is an extension of the costs of the attack. That’s why I cosponsored the Zadroga Act within minutes of taking office in May, and why I’ll stand side-by-side with Democrats and Republicans in fighting for a permanent extension.”
Donovan cosponsored the Zadroga Act as his first official action after being sworn into Congress. New York’s 11th Congressional District is home to more than 6,500 heroes who rely on Zadroga Act funding, more than any other Congressional district in the country.