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Help for 9/11 First Responders To Be Included In Federal Budget

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Two programs that support first responders who became sick because of 9/11 are going to be included in the latest federal spending bill.

Some of the funding for those programs expired in October, when Congress failed to pass a long-term bill to fund the government.

U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer of New York announced today that Senate and House leaders agreed to renew the World Trade Center Health Program for the next 75 years. That program helps pay medical bills for first responders.

Gillibrand and Schumer said the bill will also fund the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund for the next 5 years. That fund gives financial support to first responders and their families.

The Senators said they expect the funding bill to pass later this week.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.
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