Rick Scott Backs Permanent Authorization of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., announced he was cosponsoring U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s, D-NY, bill funding the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to help 9/11 survivors and first responders who have experienced health issues after the terrorist attack.

After comedian and talk show host Jon Stewart testified on Capitol Hill last week to urge Congress to do more for the fund, Scott threw his support behind Gillibrand’s “Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.”

Scott pointed to his experiences on 9/11.

“I was in New York City on September 11, 2001, and saw the terror and devastation inflicted on our nation,” Scott said on Tuesday. “Americans around the world felt this attack. But for the survivors, first responders, and families of the victims, the tragedy continues each and every day. I will always stand with the survivors, our brave first responders, and the families and loved ones of the innocent victims who were lost that day. I’m honored to support them through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.”

Scott joins more than 40 senators, including nine other Republicans, in cosponsoring the bill.

Over in the U.S. House, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, has introduced the companion bill which has more than 320 cosponsors. From the Florida delegation, Democrat U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, Charlie Crist, Val Demings, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings, Al Lawson, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Stephanie Murphy, Donna Shalala, Darren Soto, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson and Republican U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, Brian Mast, Bill Posey, John Rutherford and Ted Yoho are cosponsoring the proposal.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

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