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9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Bill Clears Senate

July 24, 2019

The U.S. Senate finally passed a 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund bill on Tuesday, after repeated delays by GOP Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee. Senators approved the bill with a 97-2 margin, and were met by a chorus of cheers from supporters who'd come to urge its passage. Among those present was Jon Stewart, who had recently lobbied congress to pass the bill, and who has been critical of Paul as well as Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell for dragging out the process. Paul and Lee were the only dissenting votes. The legislation ensures compensation through 2092 to families of first responders, many of whom suffer from health complications caused by exposure to toxins at Ground Zero. The House overwhelmingly approved the legislation on July 12, with a 402-12 vote. The bill now heads to President Donald Trump, and will become law once he signs it.