Press Conference and House-Senate Conferee meeting
Yesterday, Mary Fetchet joined other 9/11 family members at a press conference and House-Senate Conferee meeting in Washington, D.C. The press conference preceded the first meeting of the House and Senate Conferees appointed to finalize the legislation implementing the 9/11 Commission recommendations. To read the transcript of the press conference in its entirety, click the following link: Transcript
Following the press conference the House/Senate Conferees gathered to discuss provisions of the 9/11 legislation. The meeting marked a considerable step towards the goal of a safer, more secure America. The 9/11 legislation includes provisions that strengthen national security in the areas of: interoperability, port and air cargo security, Intel declassification, rail and transit security, homeland security based on risk and vulnerability, securing nuclear weapons and a strong privacy and civil liberties board. An open letter to the Conferees on the 9/11 bill was submitted for the Congressional record from the 9/11 Families.
For more information about the proceedings read the following articles:
Official New York Commemorative Events Announced
Letter from City and State outlines September 11th 2007 Events
--Commemorative Events will be held at Zuccotti Park, at Liberty St. between Broadway and Church St./Trinity Place because of ongoing construction at the WTC site.
--Responders to the attack will read the names of those lost.
--The "Tribute in Light" will return at sundown on the 11th.
--A second letter serving as an invitation to the events will be forthcoming. However, P & T case numbers and Memorial Park identification cards will also be acceptable as credentials for admission.
--More information will be forthcoming. Until then, read the full letter and call (212) 442-8953 with questions.
White House Releases Draft WTC Health Plan
The Bush Administration has released a draft health care and medical monitoring plan for workers who have grown sick from their exposure to toxins near the WTC site. New information in the plan dramatically illustrates the extent of post-9/11 health effects. As of April 2007, nearly 34,000 9/11 responders were enrolled in medical monitoring programs operated by a consortium of World Trade Center health clinics, including those at Mt. Sinai Hospital and the New York City Fire Department, and this number is expected to grow to at least 55,000 -but potentially as many as 65,000- responders within the next two years. The consortium currently requires $195 million per year to operate federally-funded health clinics, but will need between $428 and $712 million per year over the next five years to provide comprehensive treatment and monitoring. New York politicians applauded the plan, but pointed out that it does not take downtown Manhattan residents, school children, or non-first responder workers into account or outline how the programs will be funded. The draft report is available here. Or, click to read more in VOICES Health Effects section.