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House Committee Approves Permanent Compensation for 9/11 Victims

The House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill reuauthorizing the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund in a vote on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. congressional committee on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation to extend the fund compensating first responders to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center for the next 70 years, a move that would avoid steep benefit reductions over a lack of money.

The House Judiciary Committee acted one day after television personality and comedian Jon Stewart castigated lawmakers at a hearing for their slow response to helping New York City firefighters, police officers and other emergency personnel who rushed to the scene of the attacks that left two of Manhattan’s most well-known skyscrapers in rubble. 

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