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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