Backers of 9/11 Health Bill Optimistic

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A group of 9/11 responders plans to gather outside the White House on Tuesday to urge President Barack Obama to get involved in the fight to pass a bill to help people who became sick after working in the World Trade Center dust.

Backers of a bill in Congress say they're optimistic the Senate will approve the measure before the lame-duck session ends.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, says "We are on the verge of a Christmas miracle."

Gillibrand and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York are offering a less-costly alternative to the original bill, saying they believe it will gain needed support from the GOP. They say the Senate is expected to consider the new bill once they finish dealing with the U.S.-Russia treaty on nuclear weapons.

Schumer says "Barring a setback, we believe we are on the path to victory by the end of the week."

The House passed the original bill but would have to consider any new version in the final days of the lame-duck session.

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