Obama Signs 9/11 First Responders Bill

Printed copy traveled from Washington to his Hawaii vacation rental

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 2, 2011 5:27 PM CST

(Newser) – A bill that traveled one long road journeyed a wee bit farther before reaching its end today: President Obama signed the 9/11 health bill into law—in Hawaii. To get it there, a printed copy flew with a White House staffer from Washington to the island of Oahu, and then continued on to Obama's vacation rental in Kailua, reports CNN.

Sen. Charles Schumer praised the signing, saying, "The heroes who rushed to Ground Zero in the hours and days after the attacks will not be forgotten. These first responders were like veterans, and this law keeps with a time-honored tradition of standing by our veterans when they get harmed answering the call. We will begin work immediately to make sure this law gets renewed for another five years."

James Nolan, a construction worker and 9/11 first responder, sits outside the construction site where he is currently working.
James Nolan, a construction worker and 9/11 first responder, sits outside the construction site where he is currently working.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
James Nolan, a construction worker and 9/11 first responder, stands outside the construction site where he is currently working.
James Nolan, a construction worker and 9/11 first responder, stands outside the construction site where he is currently working.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Marianne Pizzitola, president of the  FDNY EMS Retirees Association, is pictured at her home.
Marianne Pizzitola, president of the FDNY EMS Retirees Association, is pictured at her home.   (AP Photo/John Amis)
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