President Trump gathered the 9/11 first responders and victims Monday in the White House Rose Garden where he signed the 9/11 Victim Compensation bill. The law garnered bipartisan support over the last few months as victims and advocates testified before Congress.
“Today we come together as one nation to support our September 11th heroes, to care for their families and to renew our eternal vow, never ever forget,” said Trump.
The bill passed the House on July, 12 followed by the Senate on July, 23. The fund is expected to last through 2092 now that the legislation has been signed.
“In the wake of the September 11th attacks, courageous Americans raced into smoke, fire and debris in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The whole world witnessed the might and resilience of our nation in the extraordinary men and women of the New York Fire Department and the New York Police Department selfless patriots of unmatched character and devotion. I grew up with them, so I can tell you that’s absolutely true,” said Trump.
Families are still losing their loved ones from lingering 9/11 related illnesses. One hero, in particular, Luis Alvarez, a retired NYPD bomb squad detective testified on June 11 just days before he died.
“You made me come down here the day before my sixty ninth round of chemo and I’m going to make sure that you never forget to take care of the 9/11 first responders,” testified Alvarez.
Days before his death, Alvarez shared his final message to Fox News’ Shephard Smith, “We did our job, Congress has to do theirs.” On June 29, Alvarez passed away. This is just one of many difficult stories our country has to grapple with in the aftermath of 9/11. Trump shared Monday that the U.S. has already lost nearly 2,000 first responders and thousands more are ill. Trump reaffirmed his promise to stand by 9/11 victims and signed the bill into law.