Harris Statement on Senate Passage of 9/11 Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) made the following statement on the Senate passage of the 9/11 bill:
"Today the Senate passed legislation reauthorizing the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund through the year 2092. The Senate rightfully considered and voted on amendments offered by Senator Paul and Senator Lee. They echoed my concerns that we should prioritize financial support for the 9/11 Fund by decreasing spending on lower priority programs, and that we should better oversee distribution of funds over such a long period to assure that they get to intended beneficiaries. While the Senate voted down the amendments, they were able to discuss and consider those issues relevant to best implementing the program – in contrast to the process in the House of Representatives, which did not allow any amendments at all. Even Senator Gillibrand of New York, the Senate co-sponsor, acknowledged concerns about the bill when she said that “I understand the 72 years [the duration of this act] is a recipe for trouble.” However, I am glad that we can move on now and be able to take care of those brave first responders."