Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on House Passage to Fully Fund and Make Permanent the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives took the long and overdue step of voting to fully fund and make permanent the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.   This is an important milestone in our fight to ensure that the brave responders, survivors and their families will get the financial support they so rightly deserve. I thank Representatives Maloney, Nadler and King, as well as the entire New York Delegation for their tireless support for the 'Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.' And now, with a bipartisan group of 72 sponsors, I call on the Senate to take swift action to pass the bill. We stood together as a nation on that horrific day, and vowed to never forget. It is time to follow through on that promise once and for all.

Mario Cilento

President, New York State AFL-CIO