Obama Signs the 9/11 First Responders Health Care Bill

From Sunlen Miller and Yunji de Nies: While on vacation, from his beachfront rental home in Kailua, Hawaii, President Obama has signed the 9/11 responders bill. The $4.2 billion bill passed unanimously in the final week of Congress’ session before lawmakers adjourned for the year. Despite its popularity, the 9/11 health bill was delayed in the Senate by Tom Coburn, R-Ola., who came under criticism for opposing the bill on the grounds that it provided "overly generous funding" and included "unnecessary and duplicative compensation funds." Under the deal worked out in the Senate and approved in the House, the total cost of the bill over 10 years would be reduced from $6.2 billion to $4.2 billion. Of that $4.2 billion, $1.5 billion will go to health benefits for the first responders, while $2.7 billion will go to compensation for them. -- Sunlen Miller and Yunji de Nies

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