September 11

Responders Ignored by White House

A year ago, members of a group of 9/11 responders sent a DVD to Barack Obama asking for help. One member of the group had just died of 9/11-linked leukemia, while a former firefighter member died of cancer just last month. They asked Obama to help Congress pass the $8.4 billion compensation bill to help ailing Sept. 11 workers. The group got a note from the White House that said "thank you for your kind gift," last week, a year after they delivered the plea. House representatives blame the bill's slow pace on the GOP, which has denied there was a problem. But even if the House votes on the bill this November, the Senate has barely started on the issue, The New York Daily News reports. President Obama has affirmed his commitment to helping sick Sept. 11 responders.