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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Transcript from Congressman Dan Donovan’s Zadroga Act Speech on the House Floor

November 5, 2015
Press Release

Transcript from Congressman Dan Donovan’s Zadroga Act Speech on the House Floor

November 4, 2015


Washington, DC – Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today delivered a speech on the floor of House of Representatives supporting a permanent extension of the Zadroga Act and opposing recently introduced legislation providing for only a 5-year extension [note: video of the speech is attached and also available at Congressman Donovan’s YouTube page, “Rep. Dan Donovan”]:

Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to address the House for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks.

I rise today in support of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, which permanently reauthorizes the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victims Compensation Fund.

After the attacks against America on September 11 of 2001, selfless heroes rushed toward the death and destruction.

Many will pay for their heroism for the rest of their lives; many have already paid with their lives. More than 33,000 Americans have documented illnesses directly related to their work at Ground Zero. Since 9/11, more than 200 firefighters and police officers have already passed away. In my district alone, more than 6,700 heroes rely on the Zadroga Act for medical care. Not for the next 5 years as is being proposed, but for the rest of their lives.

Time doesn’t erase our moral imperative to cover their medical expenses – it’s an extension of the costs of the attack. America’s heroes deserve a permanent reauthorization of the Zadroga Act, and nothing less.

Mr. Speaker, I ask that this house permanently reauthorize this program that is essential to our deserving heroes.

I yield back.

-- Congressman Donovan represents Staten Island and South Brooklyn in Congress. He is New York City’s only Republican representative.