Latest September 11 attacks News

Senators: Bill on 9/11 victims fund to be voted on next week

Jul. 18, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote next week on a bipartisan bill to ensure a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, both of New York, said Thursday they had reached an agreement with Republican Sens....

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...

NJ enacts legislation aimed at helping 9/11 first responders

Jul. 8, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation aimed at helping first responders to the Sept. 11 attacks. The Democrat signed the bills Monday at Liberty State Park, across the Hudson River from the site of the 2001 attacks. One measure permits volunteer first responders to...

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...

New US citizens sworn in at 9/11 Memorial ceremony

Jul. 2, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty-two people became U.S. citizens on Tuesday during a naturalization ceremony held at New York's 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Families and friends of the new citizens waved American flags as a recording of the song "God Bless the USA" by country singer Lee Greenwood reverberated through...

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...

Senate fails to limit Trump war powers amid Iran tensions

Jun. 28, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Political unease over the White House's tough talk against Iran is reviving questions about President Donald Trump's ability to order military strikes without approval from Congress. The Senate fell short Friday, in a 50-40 vote, on an amendment to a sweeping Defense bill that would...

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...