Five Years of Suffering from 9/11, No Federal Plan in Place

It's been more than five years since the attacks of 9/11 and since many of those exposed to the toxic air around Ground Zero began to suffer, but the federal government still has yet to develop a plan to deal with the health crisis or to dedicate serious and steady funding for medical monitoring and treatment. The fifth anniversary has passed and the cameras are pointed elsewhere, but that doesn't mean that the health effects are going away. Doctors have testified before us that this is not a problem that will only be around for a few years, it will be around for as much as a few decades, and the government needs to deal with it as such. Together with Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY) and a bipartisan group of our colleagues, we have asked the president to include medical monitoring and treatment for the sick in his upcoming FY08 budget proposal. Our goal is to make sure that every one exposed to the toxins at Ground Zero is monitored and everyone who is sick is treated.