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House passes 9/11 victim compensation funding bill by an overwhelming margin

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(WASHINGTON) — In what New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer lauded as an “overwhelming expression of bipartisan support,” the House passed a bill making the 9/11 victim compensation fund permanent.

The act moved forward Friday by a vote of 402-12 with its next stop in the Senate — likely in August.

The fund was created to provide compensation to anyone who suffered physical harm or was killed as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes or the debris removal efforts that took place in the immediate aftermath of those crashes.

In a tweet, Schumer called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “put the House-passed bill on the Senate floor for a vote ASAP.”

This was an overwhelming expression of bi-partisan support for our brave first responders and their families.@SenateMajLdr McConnell should put the house-passed bill on the senate floor for a vote ASAP & not let other Republicans push them to the back burner like the last time. https://t.co/hqRtNjfdHS

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