Today, the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed thousands and destroyed the World Trade Center, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney issued a statement that forgot to mention the heroic first responders, including 343 Fire Fighters (IAFF) members, who lost their lives trying to save others. Of course, Romney has long had trouble recognizing workers who labor outside of the boardroom.
While he acknowledges the attacks’ victims, Romney says, “America will never stop caring for the loved ones they left behind.” His running mate, Paul Ryan, voted three times against the 9/11 first responders health care bill in 2010.
The bipartisan bill provides medical monitoring, treatment and compensation to emergency responders, recovery and clean-up workers and community members suffering serious diseases as a result of hazardous exposures resulting from the 9/11 attacks. The bill is named after James Zadroga, a police officer who died in 2006 from respiratory disease attributed to his exposure to the deadly toxins at Ground Zero following the attacks.
While the bill did pass and was signed into law January 2011 by President Obama, Ryan voted against it July 29, Sept. 29 and didn’t even bother to vote when it came up for final passage Dec. 22. However, he later issued a statement: “Had I been present, I would have voted against passage of the bill.”
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