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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Trump Signs 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Act

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7Dnews London

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 15:31 GMT

President Trump signed on Monday July 29th a bill ensuring that a victims' compensation fund related to the September 11th attacks never runs out of money, according to AP.

Trump sent into law an extension of the fund through 2092, essentially making it permanent. The "Never Forget the Heroes Act" will end the need for more than 60 first responders from the 2001 terrorist attacks to repeatedly lobby Congress for additional funding.

Appearing in the Rose Garden, Trump said, "You inspire all of humanity" of the "true American warriors" who rushed to assist victims on the day of the attacks and searched for remains for months after, adding that the nation has a "sacred obligation" to care for the responders and their families.

The bill passed Congress on a bipartisan basis. The $7.4 billion fund had been rapidly depleting and administrators recently cut benefit payments by up to 70%.

More than 40,000 people have applied to the fund, which covers illnesses potentially related to being at the World Trade Centre after two hijacked airliners slammed into it, or at the Pentagon where a third airliner crashed, or in Shanksville, where a fourth crashed on to a field in western Pennsylvania.


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