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Rose Secures Support from Every Freshman Dem for 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Legislation

Bill to renew and fully fund Victim Compensation Fund has now eclipsed 290 co-sponsors, guaranteeing a vote on the House floor; Congressman has helped secure $170,000 in VCF benefits for constituents

Washington, May 23, 2019

Congressman Max Rose, an Army combat veteran who is leading a bipartisan effort to build support from new members to permanently renew and fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), has secured every Freshmen Democrat as a co-sponsor of the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act. Rose also secured the endorsement of the legislation by the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. The legislation, of which Rose is an original co-sponsor, has now eclipsed 290 co-sponsors guaranteeing it will receive a vote on the House floor this Congress.

“The message we’re sending is loud and clear: we must permanently renew and fully fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund,” Rose said. “I’m proud to see such unanimous support from the entire class of Freshmen Democrats, as well as growing bipartisan support for this effort, because never forgetting needs to be backed up by actions. Every day, first responders and their families are living with the consequences of their service to our city and our country. We need to be fighting for them every single day as well.”

In addition to fighting to permanently renew and fund the 9/11 VCF, Rose has helped secure $170,000 in VCF benefits for constituents who were experiencing trouble or delays in receiving the benefits they earned and deserved from their service on 9/11 and in the days following.

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Special Master announced earlier this year that due to the lack of funding, the Justice Department will have to cut awards of the cases that are pending by 50% and new claims that will be filed by 70%. These cuts will devastate first responders, survivors, and their families. 9/11 responders and survivors impacted by the toxins at Ground Zero, the Somerset, PA Crash site, and the Pentagon live in every state and in 434 out of 435 Congressional Districts.

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