Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg Urges More Funding to Treat 9/11 Worker Illnesses

Article in the New York Times -- Bloomberg Urges More Aid for Those Ailing After 9/11, by Anthony DePalma:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg called on the federal government yesterday to increase health spending sharply for thousands of people who became ill after the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center, and called for the creation of a special fund to compensate those who are sick.

Mr. Bloomberg said he would lobby the Bush administration for $150 million a year to cover the cost of screening, treating and monitoring rescue workers, business owners, residents and others who might have been affected by the smoke and dust released by the destruction of the twin towers.

The current federal budget proposal includes $25 million for such programs.

At a City Hall news conference yesterday, Mr. Bloomberg said he was hopeful that a Congress controlled by Democrats would respond positively to the city’s needs.

Although his past statements about 9/11 health issues have been measured, Mr. Bloomberg yesterday strongly linked the trade center dust that blanketed Lower Manhattan to respiratory, digestive and mental health problems that have been diagnosed in recovery workers and residents.


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