WASHINGTON – New York State Senator Chuck Schumer (D) is working to overcome roadblocks to pass the 9/11 Victims Compensation Bill.
This week, Senator Rand Paul (R) objected to passing the measure citing how much the bill would cost. Paul argued there should be a better way to fund the initiative.
Last week, the bill passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives. Proponents are now waiting for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the bill to a vote.
Appearing unannounced at a press conference organized by New York’s junior Senator Kristen Gillibrand Thursday, Schumer fired back.
“They shouldn’t be having to come back to Washington again and again and knock on every door of the Senate and the house just to get the compensation that they have earned and deserve,” said Schumer. “Because there are many more, we don’t know who they are yet, who are going to be sick and need these funds.”
Schumer also warned McConnell against attaching the 9/11 bill to a bill to raise the debt ceiling.
McConnell has vowed to pass the bill by August, after having received the badge of NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez, who recently lost his battle with cancer.