February 26, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 35 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
SUPPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 11 VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 35
(House of Representatives - February 26, 2019)
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[Page H2111] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SUPPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 11 VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND (Mr. ROSE of New York asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. ROSE of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to urge all my colleagues to support the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund Act because it is the right thing to do. I would like to thank my fellow New Yorkers Carolyn Maloney, Pete King, and Jerry Nadler, who have led this fight for years, and Lee Zeldin, who will work with me to build bipartisan support amongst the freshman class. Because 9/11 wasn't just an attack on New York City; Washington, D.C.; and a field in western Pennsylvania; 9/11 was an attack on our entire country. This was an attack on the United States of America and everything that we stand for. But what thousands of these 9/11 heroes and their families now face is being forgotten because the Victims Compensation Fund, which supports these families and these heroes in all 50 States, is running out of money and cutting benefits by 50 to 70 percent. That is wrong. And if we fail to make this right, shame on us. Shame on anyone who says ``never forget'' and then turns their backs and pretends this doesn't affect their State or their district or they're suddenly fiscally responsible. Shame on anyone who says that we can't afford to do this while we spend trillions of dollars on bombs in Afghanistan. When it comes to doing what is right, it is about keeping our promises and honoring those who put their lives on the line and didn't ask for anything in return. Now is the chance to put action behind the words ``never forget.'' ____________________