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"The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously in support of a bill that would give fresh money to a compensation fund for those who are sick or dying from illnesses linked to their work amid the toxic debris at 9/11 attack sites.

The vote comes a day after an emotional hearing in which ailing first responders and former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart lambasted lawmakers’ inaction on the issue.

Anger and frustration over the fund have been growing since February, when it was announced that future payouts would be cut as much as 70 percent to offset surging claims from those who are ill and the families of those who have died.

Lawmakers said they expect a full House vote next month. The bill is expected to pass easily in the House, but its prospects are less certain in the Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) implored Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring the bill to a vote as soon as possible." (More)
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