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GOP Sen. Rand Paul slows bill to boost 9/11 victims fund

Jul. 17, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday blocked fast-track approval of a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Paul objected to a request by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to approve the bill by unanimous...

House approves 9/11 victims bill, sends it to Senate

Jul. 12, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill ensuring that a victims compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. The 402-12 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to call a vote before Congress goes on its August...

Funeral held for detective who fought for 9/11 victims

Jul. 3, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former police detective who fought until his final days for the extension of health benefits for Sept. 11 responders was hailed as a hero Wednesday by family, fellow officers and political figures who pledged to advance his message. "These heroes responded to calls for help. They did not...

The Latest: 9/11 activist hailed for bravery at funeral

Jul. 3, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the funeral for a detective who fought for 9/11 compensation (all times local): 11:55 a.m. A former police detective who fought for the extension of health benefits for Sept. 11 responders was hailed as a hero at his funeral. Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Wednesday...

Funeral scheduled for detective who fought for Sept. 11 fund

Jul. 1, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A funeral will be held Wednesday for a former New York City police detective who was a leader in the fight for the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Detective Luis Alvarez appeared with former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart last month to plead with Congress to extend the compensation fund....

Detective who fought for 9/11 compensation funding dies

Jun. 29, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City police detective who was a leader in the fight for the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund died Saturday at age 53. Detective Luis Alvarez's death from cancer was announced by Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, who tweeted that Alvarez was "an inspiration, a warrior, a...

McConnell pledges vote on 9/11 bill after Stewart criticism

Jun. 25, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to call a Senate vote on a bill ensuring that a victims' compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. McConnell made the commitment after meeting Tuesday with a group of first responders. "We want to try to deal with...

McConnell to meet 9/11 responders to discuss victims' fund

Jun. 24, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is meeting this week with Sept. 11 first responders following withering criticism from comedian Jon Stewart that Congress had failed to ensure that a victims' compensation fund never runs out of money. A group of first responders will meet Tuesday...

Jon Stewart keeping up pressure on Mitch McConnell

Jun. 18, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Comic Jon Stewart used his buddy Stephen Colbert's late-night show to keep the heat on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for passage of legislation to replenish a victims' fund for first responders to the 9/11 attacks. Stewart mocked McConnell on Colbert's "Late Show" Monday night,...

Jon Stewart lashes out at Congress over 9/11 victims fund

Jun. 12, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian Jon Stewart scolded Congress Tuesday for failing to ensure that a victims' compensation fund set up after the 9/11 attacks never runs out of money. Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 responders, angrily called out lawmakers for failing to attend a hearing on a bill to ensure...