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Photo: President Obama Signs the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act
05:20 PM EDT
This afternoon President Obama signed the "James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act," which establishes the World Trade Center Health Program and extends and expands eligibility for compensation under the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.
UPDATE: The President's statement:
I was honored to sign the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to ensure that rescue and recovery workers, residents, students, and others suffering from health consequences related to the World Trade Center disaster have access to the medical monitoring and treatment they need. We will never forget the selfless courage demonstrated by the firefighters, police officers, and first responders who risked their lives to save others. I believe this is a critical step for those who continue to bear the physical scars of those attacks.