Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer announced Senate passage of their bipartisan amendment to the FY24 National Defense Authorization Act.
The amendment will aid in closing the funding shortfall in the World Trade Center Health Program by delivering $676 million for the endeavor. The measure will also allow excluded Pentagon and Shanksville responders to join the program. The amendment’s modeled off the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act of 2023, which was introduced earlier this year by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
In a statement Senator Gillibrand says the amendment will help close the funding shortfall in the World Trade Center Health Program and upholds a promise to care for those still suffering from 9/11-related illnesses.