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McConnell Set To Meet With First Responders On 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

June 24, 2019 - 12:19 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is scheduled to meet Tuesday with 9/11 first responders who have been pushing Congress to approve an extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

Former NYPD Detective Lou Alvarez will not take part in the meeting because he is now in hospice. Alvarez was instrumental in getting the House Judiciary Committee to approve the bill after his appearance with Jon Stewart at a hearing less than two weeks ago.

The full House is expected to pass the bill next month and first responders hope McConnell will put the bill up for a vote in the Senate soon after that.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says McConnell is the only barrier preventing 9/11 victims' families from getting the help they need.

"All we need is leader McConnell to put it on the floor of the Senate right after it passes the House and it will get done and all thsoe families can breathe a sigh of relief," Schumer said. "These families have waited too long, there's been too much delay."

Schumer said the fund should be made permanent as soon as possible.