GOP defeats 9/11 Health Bill in Senate

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    9/11 Health Bill Falls Short in Senate - WNYC


    Senate Republicans blocked the long-awaited 9/11 health care and compensation bill, making good on a pledge to reject all legislation until the Bush-era tax cuts are passed.

    At a press conference after the bill's defeat, Sen. Charles Schumer (NY-D) framed the issue as a question of patriotism. He said that every other time in history, America has stood by those who serve in war.

    "But today, the Senate made an exception for that, to the firefighters, policemen, construction workers and others who rushed to danger, no questions asked, to try and find those who might be alive or to try and find the remains of those who had been killed."
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    Nice. Democrats using our emergency responders as a stick to beat the GOP. How very patriotic.
     
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    Republicans are such wonderful people. If outlawing asbestos that is killing Americans as we post interferes with the profits of corperations, Americans just have to die. And if an American does what he thinks is right in an emergency situation, well, he just has to suffer the consequences of not being wealthy enough to afford the consequences.

    Tax breaks for billionaires are so much more important than American lives.


    Senate Republicans block bill to help 9/11 responders, survivors sickened by trade center dust | StarTribune.com

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans on Thursday derailed a bill to aid people who got sick after exposure to dust from the World Trade Center's collapse in the Sept. 11 attack.

    Supporters were three votes short of the 60 needed to proceed to debate and a final vote on the bill that would have provided as much as $7.4 billion in health care and compensation to 9/11 responders and survivors. The bill failed on a test vote, 57-42.

    Fifty-seven Democrats voted for the bill and 41 Republicans opposed it. Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, switched his vote to 'no' at the last moment, a parliamentary move that allows him to bring the measure up again for a vote
     
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    Really? How so? Would voting for care for the first responders in any way affect the Tax Bill? Not at all. This is just more of the Republican heartlessness for those who are not wealthy.
     
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    All must suffer until they are done with their temper tantrum
     
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    Didn't we just pass Health Care for All Americans?
     
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    Didn't we just pass Health CAre for ALL Americans????? Why yes, DUmmioe, I believe we did.
     
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    Yay..Republican scumbags reject our heroes.

    Good stuff.
     

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