WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate is expected to pass the 911 Victims Compensation Fund extension bill today, to run until 2090.
The fund was set to expire in December 2020 and, in February, fund officials said they would need to significantly reduce payments to victims because the number of people becoming ill and applying for the funds was growing rapidly. Some compensation was reduced by as much as 70 percent, according to reports.
The bill, which passed the House and is expected to be signed by President Donald Trump, will allow the government, through the taxpayers, to pay all costs, no matter how expensive, for all qualified victims with a 911 attack-related illness or injury.
The Congressional Budget Office has estimated it will cost about $10 billion dollars over the next decade.