In July, when the 9/11 health and compensation bill was up for a vote under "absolute majority rules," it failed to pass, enraging New York's Congressional members. Now the bill will be up for another vote this month. Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler said yesterday, "We have talked to the Democratic leadership and they have told us that the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act will be brought to the House floor soon after Congress returns from recess. We anticipate that the bill will be taken up the second week we are back in session and will be considered under regular order, with the expectation and belief that neither side will play politics with this vitally-important legislation."
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, named after a police officer who became ill from working at Ground Zero and later died, offers $7.4 billion in help for things like providing medical monitoring and treatment to WTC responders and survivors (area workers, residents, students) who were exposed to the toxins at Ground Zero and reopening the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) to provide compensation for economic losses and harm as an alternative to the current litigation system. Last month, Obama said he'd sign it.
It's expected the bill will pass this time around, since only 218 votes are needed (the Democrats opted for a two-thirds majority in July so Republicans couldn't tack on amendments to it) and it did get 255 votes two moths ago.