Senate passes aid package for 9/11 responders
WASHINGTON (KABC) -- The Senate passed a bill on Wednesday to provide health benefits and compensation to 9/11 first responders and survivors.
The measure was passed on a voice vote with no one objecting after Democrats and Republican critics reached a compromise reducing the bill's cost from $6.2 billion to $4.2 billion.
The bill provides free health care and compensation for lost wages and other economic losses to first-responders for the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and survivors who fell ill after being exposed to toxins from the trade center ruins.
The bill would also need House approval. New York lawmakers pressed the House to remain in session for the vote.
The House was expected to vote on it later Wednesday before Congress adjourns for the year.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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