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Schumer: Odds 'High' That 9/11 Fund Bill Will Pass Senate This Week

July 21, 2019 - 4:56 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A vote in the Senate is on the way this week to give permanent funding to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, and Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday that he is optimistic about what’s ahead.

For a while, there was no light at the end of the tunnel. Now, Schumer says the long battle to get permanent funding is nearing an end.

“We persist and most of all, the first responders persist,” Schumer said from his midtown office Sunday.

He says the vote is coming Tuesday and that Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Mike Lee will likely try to add amendments in an attempt to bring the costs down.

“I believe that it is almost certain that the 9/11 bill will go to the floor. The amendments will be defeated. It will pass and go to the president’s desk,” Schumer said.

Schumer’s confident the president will sign it. It will go into effect immediately afterwards.

“It’s hard to see anything that will get in the way,” the senator said.