Senate passes the revised 9/11 health benefits bill
December 22nd, 2010
02:45 PM ET

Senate passes the revised 9/11 health benefits bill

The Senate on Wednesday passed a compromise version of a bill to provide free medical treatment to first responders of the September 11 terrorist attack.

The bill passed on a voice vote on what is expected to be the final day of the lame-duck session of Congress. It now goes to the House, which also is expected to approve it and send it to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

Negotiations Wednesday morning involving Republican Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both of New York, led to the deal that reduced the cost of the bill by $2 billion and made other changes sought by GOP opponents, according to statements by the participants.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    this should have been done 10 years ago..

    why cant they get focused on crating some jobs.?

    December 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nardino

    Lord Jesus, i pray that you and The Father will forgive me for my sins. I have done bad and need your forgiveness. (and for those who must know... send money.)

    December 22, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    @Nardino: You must be a lobbyist.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |