Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on Announcement of Cuts to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Albany - “Today's announcement by the Special Master that the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) will be forced to cut awards due to insufficient funding is a punch in the gut to 9/11 responders and survivors, and it’s Congress's job to fix this tragic and unacceptable crisis.  Today's announced cuts only intensify our call on our government to never forget the 9/11 heroes and their families by fully funding and making permanent the Victim Compensation Fund.

We stood together as a nation on that horrific day, and shortly after we declared as a country that we would never forget. This critically important program was promised to these brave men and women fighting 9/11 related cancers and other life-threatening illnesses. It’s time for Congress to pass this bipartisan bill to ensure responders, survivors and their families get the support they so rightly deserve.”


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