Senate approves law to extend 9/11 victims´ Fund


The US Senate has finally approved a bill to ensure that a victim compensation fund in connection with the September 11 attacks never runs out of money.

The 97-2 vote sends the bill to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.


The Senate has passed the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act with an overwhelming majority.

– Senate Republican (@SenateGOP) July 23, 2019

The vote came after Democratic senators agreed to allow votes on amendments sponsored by two Republican senators who had blocked the bill widespread.

The Senate has easily rejected the amendments proposed by Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Democratic Sen Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said 9/11 first responders and their families had “had enough of political games.

The bill will extend to 2092, a fund created after the 2001 terrorist attacks that essentially makes it permanent.


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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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