I have kinda been sitting on this one a while, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was voted down in Senate. Today, a friend sent me the link to the video below and I had to run it!
Who better to explain what happened and expose the GOP leaders who continue to utilize 9/11 to seem compassionate all the while not giving a damn about the first responders who worked at Ground Zero than Jon Stewart on the Daily Show. Even if this is Political humor, the humor is typically not to far from the truth.
The House bill passed at 268 to 160 (17 Republicans voting for the bill and 157 against). Only 3 Democrats voted against the House Bill.
The Senate bill failed. The vote was 57-42, short of the 60 votes in favor needed to proceed under Senate rules.
All I can say is that this is ammunition for when the debate comes up next time at the firehouse. You know, when all those guys sit there and talk about Abortion and Gun Rights…claiming that the Democrats are going to take away their guns.
That being said, I am not a staunch Democrat. I vote for the candidate. My livelihood comes from my job. Therefore, issues like abortion and gun rights take a back seat to those which directly affect my job. Certainly, the Democrats are not perfect…but it is despicable for these Republicans to think that they can stand behind the flag of OUR FALLEN BROTHERS and then vote down a bill which provides for our first responders at Ground Zero.
Watch the video below….til the end!
Known as the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, the bill bears the name of a New York City detective who participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at ground zero for about three weeks after the Sept. 11 attack.
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