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Firefighters Push Presidential Candidates To Support 9/11 First Responders

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

The 9/11 Health and Compensation Act lapsed on Sept. 30, and now firefighters are putting the heat on presidential candidates to extend healthcare benefits to first responders who have fallen ill as the result of exposure to toxic chemicals.

The International Association of Fire Fighters will run an advertisement in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Nov. 10 to coincide with the GOP debate, The Hill reported.

The ad reads: “A question worth asking in tonight’s presidential debate: Where do you stand on the 9/11 Health & Compensation Act? The stance of presidential candidates on this issue will tell us a lot about who they are and how much they value the life-saving work of the great patriots who were there when our country needed them the most.” 

The ad is generally directed towards candidates who are already on Capitol Hill, namely Sens. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham. 

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The only candidates who have co-signed a bill to reauthorize the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act are Graham and Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, The Huffington Post reported.

This year alone, eight Sept. 11 first responders have died.

Sources: The Huffington PostThe Hill / Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Flickr