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Senate Proceeding on Dec 6th, 2010 :: 2:50:55 to 3:07:10
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Kirsten Gillibrand

2:50:49 to 2:51:09( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: quorum call: mrs. gillibrand: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from new york. mrs. gillibrand: i'd like unanimous consent that we vitiate the quorum call. the pres objection, so ordered. mrs. gillibrand: and i ask unanimous consent to speak for up to the time that i may consume. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered.

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:50:55 to 3:07:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:51:10 to 2:51:31( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: mrs. gillibrand: 69 years ago tomorrow, america suffered the most -- one of the most deadliest attacks to our nation that we've ever seen, the horrific attacks on pearl harbor killed more than 2,000 u.s. troops and civilians. president franklin d. roosevelt said that december 7 is a date

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:51:32 to 2:51:54( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: which will live in infamy. no matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the american people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. and we did. in the aftermath of pearl harbor, america succeeded not only militarily, we succeeded morally as well.

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:51:55 to 2:52:15( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: our nation bonded together with a newfound resolve to help those who sacrificed so much for our nation and take care of our fellow citizens. in the months that followed the attack, democrats and republicans knew exactly what had to be done. congress came together, not only to declare war but to pass

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:52:16 to 2:52:37( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: legislation that provided health care and compensation to each and every civilian who was injured during that pearl harbor attack, every citizen who sacrificed for america that day. it did not take nine years for that to be done. congress acted bravely and swiftly without partisanship,

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:52:38 to 2:52:58( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: without gridlock, with a clear moral compass and a clear determination that we as a nation have an undenial moral obligation to help the people who are -- who were harmed during that attack on pearl harbor. pearl harbor was the most deadliest attack on our nation, the most deadliest attack, until

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:52:59 to 2:53:19( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: the morning of september 11, 2001, when 3,000 innocent people perished and tens of thousands of people came to their rescue. in the days that followed the 9/11 attack, america showed the very same resolve that it had showed nearly 60 years prior, and now we've seen thousands of heroes and thousands of

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:53:20 to 2:53:40( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: survivors sick and dying from the toxins released at ground zero. it is a time for us to show that very same resolve again. as president roosevelt said, no matter how long it will take us, we will win through to absolute victory.

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:53:41 to 2:54:01( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: we will provide the firefighters and police officers and the construction workers and the cleanup workers and the people and the children who go to school and live at ground zero with the health care and compensation that they justly and rightly deserve. there are few things we do here in washington that are clearly a

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:54:02 to 2:54:24( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: choice between right and wrong. there is no gray area when it comes to this issue. we truly have a moral, an undenial obligation to help these men and women. for the past week, on display in the russell rotunda, we have shown 29 police badges that belong to 29 members of the new

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:54:25 to 2:54:46( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: york city police force who died since september 11 because of the diseases related to those toxins that were released when the towers fell. the 30th police officer, david mahmood, died last month of a very rare, disfiguring form of cancer after he worked 60 hours at the site of ground zero.

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:54:47 to 2:55:09( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: perhaps the most disturbing fact about the deaths of these 30 police officers is the fact that the average age of these men and women is 46 years old. the badges that we displayed were not just a memorial to those who we lost. they are a call to action for each and every one of us who

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:55:10 to 2:55:31( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: call ourselves public service -- people who call ourselves public servants and for those of us who are here to serve on behalf of this nation. every single member of the senate should visit that memorial today to see and be reminded of those men and women who have perished. over 13,000 world trade center responders are sick today and

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:55:32 to 2:55:53( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: receiving treatment. nearly 53,000 responders are enrolled in medical monitoring, and 71,000 individuals are enrolled in the world trade center health industry, indicating that they were exposed to these toxins. these men and women are from all over this country, from every state in the union.

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:55:54 to 2:56:15( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: in fact, approximately 10,000 individuals came from outside the new york area, including every state in this country to save lives and to clean up after the devastation that struck new york. their illnesses range from respiratory gastrointestinal and mental health conditions caused

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:56:16 to 2:56:37( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: by the inhalation of pulverizeed cement, gas, lead and asbestos and other fatal toxins that were caused by the destruction of those buildings on 9/11. the 9/11 compensation act provides the proper congressional authorization and statutory structure to the 9/11

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:56:38 to 2:56:59( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: health programs that have received $326 million through annual appropriations since 2003. our bill would establish the world trade center health program within the national institute for occupational safety and health, to provide permanent ongoing medical monitoring and treatment for the world trade center related conditions to the world trade

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:57:00 to 2:57:21( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: center responders and community members. the program administrator will establish a nationwide network of providers so that the eligible individuals who live outside of new york can reasonably access monitoring and treatment benefits where they live. these eligible individuals are included in the caps and the numbers of participants in the responder and community programs.

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:57:22 to 2:57:43( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: i want to emphasize one important aspect of this bill that typically gets overlooked. our legislation will provide a level of accountability and trainers -- transparencecy for the disbursement of funds that has not been seen up to this point with the current programs. it terminates all of the existing six programs that were

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:57:44 to 2:58:04( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: hastily put together after the chaotic aftermath of 9/11 and establish one third-party administrator who will set reasonable rates, traffic expenditures and enforce eligibility requirements. it will be 100% transparent and accountable. further, our bill limits the health program to ten years and caps the number of people who

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:58:05 to 2:58:25( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: can receive treatment at approximately 109,000 and limits the treatment to 22 respiratory, gastrointestinal and mental health diseases that have already been medically certified to be associated with breathing these toxins and other hazards at ground zero. under this bill, the government is the payer of last resort. individual health insurance

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:58:26 to 2:58:47( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: funds and workers compensation claims will all be paid first. the federal government will only cover those after those first two payers pay. the city of new york is required to contribute 10%, matching cost shares of the community health program, and the legislation will also formally reopen the september 11 victims

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:58:48 to 2:59:08( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: compensation fund to provide compensation for economic damages and loss to individuals who did not file or did not become ill before the original cutoff date of december 22, 2003. the payments would be limited to to $4.2 billion over ten years. our bill would strictly enforce attorney limits to 10% of the payments from the fund, and it would provide liability

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:59:09 to 2:59:30( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: protections for the world trade center contractors and the city of new york, limiting liability of defendants for claims previously resolved currently pending or filed through december, 2031. last, i want to emphasize that this bill is entirely paygo compliant. that means the bill is paid for.

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:59:31 to 2:59:51( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: it will not add to our debt or our deficit. it is capped, mandatory funding that is offset completely by a pay-for that closes a loophole that foreign companies use to avoid paying their fair share of u.s. taxes, which fundamentally makes our companies have to play on an unlevel playing field.

Kirsten Gillibrand

2:59:52 to 3:00:12( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: we want to help american businesses, and that's what this pay-for does. in closing, i want to make it crystal clear what this bill is about. this bill is about our first responders. this bill is about our heroes and their families. this bill is about the victims

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:00:13 to 3:00:34( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: who have lived at ground zero. this bill is about the children who are currently suffering from asthma, the most vulnerable in our communities who could not tolerate these toxins in their bodies. i'm going to tell you about three individuals whose story are particularly moving. at a time when most people were

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:00:35 to 3:00:55( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: running away from lower manhattan, joseph rushed to the world trade center site as an ironworker for these rescue efforts. for 28 days joe helped cut steel beams on the pile to find survivors and to clear debris often sleeping on the floor a

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:00:56 to 3:01:16( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: nearby office building rather than returning home at night. in the years following his dedicated work at ground zero, joe was diagnosed with sarcodosis. he suffered from constant joint pain, see diseurs, blackouts and

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:01:17 to 3:01:37( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: relied on dozens of different medications, unable to work for years, joe had to fight to get his workers' compensation for his illness. in october joe passed away at the age of 43. he left behind his wife and his daughter allison. joe's wife laura recently wrote

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:01:38 to 3:02:02( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: me a note of plea. she said, "our financial situation is bad. i mean, bad. for six years i've had to beg for help, borrow from family, and i just can't do it anymore, and i shouldn't have to. we need to reopen the victims' compensation fund." this bill is also for people

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:02:04 to 3:02:24( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: like frank varoene of california. he was the division chief in california with thousands of milesway from new york city on 9/11 fighting wildfires. along with thousands of other brave men and women who came from all across this country, chief ferrone came to aid rescue workers at ground zero.

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:02:25 to 3:02:45( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: he had seen his fair share of destruction during his career but nothing prepared for for what he saw at ground zero. he worked 16-hour days with fellow rescue workers inhaling that toxic dust that left him with lower respiratory airway disease. living far across the country, he still feels the effects of

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:02:46 to 3:03:07( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: working at ground zero, which he says limited his ability to respond to other disasters like hurricane katrina. he has had difficulty getting health care in california for his ailments and says that living out here in california, "i cannot get confirmation or even a face-to-face with anyone affiliated with 9/11 health issues. i do not know at this date if i

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:03:08 to 3:03:28( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: am going to be covered for my health concerns. what happens when this health issue disables me and i can no longer work and care for our family?" our needs would meet the needs of this man and this hero who came to help when he was needed. the last story i'd like to give is that of robert helmke.

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:03:29 to 3:03:50( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: he died at the age of 43. from stage four met it is a stick colow colorectal cancer caused from inhaling and swallowing the toxins at ground zero. he was 43. i am 43. he worked numerous hours at the world trade strvment he ate food

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:03:51 to 3:04:12( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: and inhaled the toxins while he was working. at no time was he instructed ever to wear protective gear or any kind of breathing apparatus, nor was he told by our government that the air was in any way unhealthy or bad for him. stage-four met it is a stick

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:04:13 to 3:04:34( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: colorectal cancer affects the upper g.i. tract and it is very rare in someone so young. he was told that treatment would not cure him. it was t. would only help him to liver a little longer. i want to read to you his reaction to the diagnosis in his own words. he said, "talk about crushing news. my wife and i sat in the car and

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:04:35 to 3:04:55( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: cried as i asked her what did i ever do to deserve this? on july 11, 2506, i had major surgery to remove two tumor parts from my small colon and have radiation on the large tumor in my liver. before nigh surgery, i had four chemotherapy treatments and was in an emergency room three times

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:04:56 to 3:05:16( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: to be treated for dehydration before finally having to go on an all-liquid diet and intertra venous feeding. i was a wife degrees at that and two young children garrett and amelia who have seen my illness worsen. things are being takenway from

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:05:17 to 3:05:38( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: me, my work, food, helping others and caring for my family." officer helmke died in 2007. these are the stories that really tell us what this bill is about, men and women who are suffering, men and women who have died, men and women who have suffered so much because

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:05:39 to 3:06:00( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: they did the right thing. what message are we sending here from this body, this esteemed body, if we cannot help those who kim to our reserve sciewrks who were there to find survivors, who were then to find remains and who were there to do the cleanup when our government asked hem to help? you must remember the days after 9/11.

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:06:01 to 3:06:22( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: this country would have done anything to help those who had suffered so much in new york and across this country. this was the most deadly terrorist attack in the history of america, and now, nine years later, this body cannot come together to do what's right? this is the clearest example of

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:06:23 to 3:06:44( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: right versus wrong that i have seen in this body in my two short years. we must recognize the undeniable obligation that we have, a moral obligation to protect these men and women around their families because they did the right thing. it is now time for this body to

Kirsten Gillibrand

3:06:45 to 3:07:09( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: do the very same. thank you, mr. president, suggest the absence of a quorum. sphear officer the clerk will call the roll. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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