Senate passes 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, not unanimously

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The Senate has finally passed the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, by a vote of 97-2. The two votes against were from Republicans Rand Paul and Mike Lee, for whom no tax cut is out of bounds, but who think the survivors of the 9/11 attacks have it too easy, apparently.

Mitch McConnell’s agreement to allow an amendment from Lee to restrict the funds brought the bill to the floor, finally, after Paul blocked it from moving forward on unanimous consent last week. The reauthorization of the bill will allow victims and their families to file claims through 2090 and will pay funds out through 2092.

In the process of this reauthorization working its way through Congress, more than 200 first responders, including firefighters, died. Just while Congress was dicking around with the funding and forcing victims such as Luis Alvarez to spend his dying days pleading on behalf of his colleagues.

That spectacle is finally done. The funds will be there for the remainder of the survivors’ days, and they’ll never again have to beg for a pittance from Congress. It only took Jon Stewart and Luis Alvarez publicly shaming them on every news broadcast in the nation to get it done.

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DHG
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2 refusing to pass it, these 2 should be removed from Congress by the people in their States.

Gunther
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Gunther

Vote these scumbags into obscurity and then have them investigated… just to make them feel the pain they deserve.

inzane
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inzane

The 2 bottom feeders can keep their votes. They are worthless anyway. ohh so are their votes.

Dick Panico
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,,,;Let’s see , Mike Lee , grandson of the infamous person” hung “at the infamous “mountain meadows massacre”? And HANDY , Ran Paul ,maybe grandson of one of the founders of the ( infamous ) “….Kentucky KLU , KLUCKERS “??? ..”..WAY TO Go GUYS “!! ….The … REPULSIVE REPUBLICANS , are …proud of you !!! …:FIRST ,WE STOP supporting our “first responders” , and now we accept all election help from Russia (and /or )any other ….country that helps us win . ……It’s THE AMERICAN WAY . And remember ……:..::“GREED IS GOOD.” …A well turned lie ,is better than the… Read more »