NY Politicians Enraged That Obama Opposes 9/11 Health Bill

$11B, over 30 years, at odds with budget freeze
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2010 7:22 PM CST
Smoke billows from the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, Sept. 11, 2001.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Funding for a bill that would set aside $11 billion over the next 30 years to address health issues resulting from the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York looks to be a casualty of President Obama’s proposed budget freeze—to the outrage of the state’s congressional delegation. “I think it’s fiscal restraint … but you know what?” Rep. Eliot Engel tells the Daily News. “They find money for everything else, they need to find money for this.”

“I thought that these people would be taken care of,” adds the widow of a 9/11 victim. “I would have expected better from this administration.” Lawmakers say they’ll continue to press the White House to move the funding from the discretionary category due to be frozen to the list of mandatory expenditures.

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