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December 20th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Bloomberg urges passage of 9/11 health bill

CNN Wire Staff

New York (CNN) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined lawmakers, police and fire officials on Monday in urging U.S. Senate passage of a health care bill benefiting September 11 rescue workers.

"The time for excuses is over," Bloomberg said. "The Senate has a full week ahead of it and should not adjourn until it passes this bill."

Bloomberg said the measure is paid for by "other revenue generators," referencing a procurement fee on some foreign countries that trade with the United States, the continuation of a fee on some travelers to the United States and a fee on visas for some companies.

"There are men and women dying today," said Republican Rep. Peter King, who stood beside Bloomberg during Monday's news conference. "We are absolutely obligated to pass this bill for them."

The bill has been in legislative limbo since Thursday, when Senate Democrats failed to win a procedural vote to open debate on it.

But on Sunday, the Democrats said they were hopeful they had pulled off "a Christmas miracle" by changing the bill enough to garner Republican support.

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  1. williamstaerk

    In fact, under new health care reform your health insurance company will no longer be allowed to cancel your policy if you get sick, we should be doing this already! search online "Wise Health Insurance" it is a good place to find insurance if you have illness like me.

    December 21, 2010 at 1:40 am |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    Republicans holding this ( (9/11 responders Bill) up are a disgrace to anyone who they like to label a Patriot which seems important to them 99.999% of the time. Unless they can see some Political gain in opposing even if minor ( like cost) any bill.
    I suggest they take the Earmarks out of the Omnibus spending bill and pass this bill and the Omnibus spending bill accordingly, subject to until March to no increase in current spending levels.
    By the way CNN if this is a lame duck session, I want them all to be lame duck!!
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    December 21, 2010 at 1:22 am |