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Lawmakers Push To Replenish 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund To Help All Survivors

October 03, 2018 - 8:57 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The fund dedicated to helping 9/11 survivors sickened by the toxic dust at Ground Zero may not be enough to help everyone, according to a Daily News report.

Rupa Bhattacharyya, the special master of the federal 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, announced in a report that the $7.3 billion set aside for survivors “may be insufficient to compensate all claims.”

The bombshell announcement caused lawmakers, including Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Reps. Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney and GOP Congressman Peter King, to join in a bipartisan push to replenish the compensation fund.

“This was the fund was set up after 9/11 to compensate the families of those who died,” King said. “That involves future earnings, the suffering that they went through at the time of their death, the suffering leading up to their death, and that is now running out of funds in 2020. The reason being that victims are dying at a much faster rate than we had thought. More cases of cancer have developed.”

King noted that he does expect some opposition to attempting to replenish the fund and make it permanent, but added that it’s not a gift and that the families are entitled to the assistance.

The Daily News reports that the fund is predicting roughly 5,500 new claims to be filed before Dec. 18, 2020. The fund has also seen a 94 percent jump in eligible “deceased claims.”