President Trump makes mighty move to ensure 9/11 first responders are well taken care of


First responders are an American national treasure.

These are the brave men and women who run toward the danger instead of away from it.  They risk life and limb with aplomb, gusto, and courage, and are almost universally celebrated in America.  Their jobs are not easy, nor are they always rewarding, but they must be done for the betterment of society as a whole.

This has never been truer than it was on September 11th, 2001.

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In New York City, stunned citizens watched as two enormous airliners screamed through the sky, pummeling the World Trade Center, shattering both the sanctity of the morning and our national illusion of safety.  Still, as this possible armageddon unfolded in The Big Apple, police, firefighters, and EMT’s all rushed toward the soon-to-collapse Twin Towers in order to salvage what human life they could.

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Those who survived their efforts soon became sick, thanks to the compounds found in the dust and debris of the carnage.  For 18 years these heroes-turned-ill have fought for compensation from the government for their actions – a battle that was far too complicated by bureaucratic red tape and partisan chicanery to be considered civilized.

POTUS has now put an end to that nonsensical litigious nightmare.

President Donald Trump on Monday signed a bill ensuring that a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks never runs out of money, ending years of legislative gridlock as the number of first responders dying of Ground Zero-related illnesses mounted.

Appearing in the Rose Garden with more than 60 first responders from the 2001 terrorist attacks, Trump signed into law an extension of the fund through 2092, essentially making it permanent.

“You inspire all of humanity,” Trump said of the “true American warriors” who rushed to assist victims that day and searched for remains for months after.

The president said that the nation has a “sacred obligation” to care for the responders and their families.

The bill was originally held up, however, due to budget issues.

A pair of Republican senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Arkansas, voted against the measure this month, preventing its adoption from being unanimous. Both cited the need to eliminate unnecessary spending and offset the measure with budget cuts.

Trump did not dwell on that division when he signed the bill, prompted a round of applause from first responders in the Rose Garden as well as his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who was mayor of New York City during the attacks and was widely praised for his leadership in the aftermath of the World Trade Center collapse.

These men and women are true American heroes, and this somber celebration of our national due diligence was long overdue.

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