New York City first responders celebrating as President Trump displays the “Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” during a signing ceremony on Monday at White House in Washington. ‘Today we strive to fulfill our sacred duty to you,’ the president said, addressing victims. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters.
President Trump signed legislation on Monday July 29 that funds medical claims from victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks for the rest of their lives.
The legislation, signed during a ceremony at the White House’s Rose Garden, appropriates funds for all current and future approved claims made through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund until 2090, at an estimated cost of $10.2 billion over the next 10 years.
“You have gone far beyond your duty to us, and today we strive to fulfill our sacred duty to you,” Mr. Trump told first responders, families of victims and survivors of the attacks who attended the White House event.
The legislation passed the Senate last week and the House earlier this month, both with overwhelming bipartisan support.
The fund was established to compensate the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York, the Pentagon and United Flight 93, which crashed near Shanksville, Pa., as well as relatives of those who were killed and first responders who suffered health consequences from exposure to debris at the sites.
By Andrew Restuccia | Wall Street Journal