New York Senators make final plea to congress to 'pass Zadroga Act'

Published: Dec. 10, 2015 at 9:37 PM EST
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New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer were back fighting for the permanent funding of the Zadroga Act.

“The lives of our first responders are not a bargaining chip and can never be," New York Senator Schumer said.

“The lack of urgency the lack of empathy is shocking," Senator Gellibrand added.

It is bill that would fund health care for those that risked their lives on 9/11.

"It seems like everybody is coming out of the woodwork because nobody wants to be that guy," first responder John Feal said.

This is the 22nd visit for Feal. He’s been by the side of comedian Jon Stewart as they had to fight for support.

"I spent 11 weeks in the hospital after 9/11, I lost half of my foot and coming to DC is more painful than losing half of my foot," Feal added.

John, the NYPD police department and both New York Senators gave their speech in the Russell Senate office building, surrounded by photos of the people that risked their lives on the morning of September 11th.

Deputy Chief Theresa Tobin was helping others escape when the South Tower collapsed. Now her portrait hangs in the Russell Rotunda, as a reminder to congress of what is at stake.

“To look around and to see the people that have now passed that it depicted is extremely sad," Tobin said.

For people like Deputy Tobin, the funding is critical. So more photos won’t be added to this memorial.

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