Why Politicians Suck - The 911 First Responders Bill (HR 847)
Ok a little background after the events of 9/11 2001, many New York Cops, fireman EMTs and volunteers who responded to the emergency have become sick due to the toxic environment. Some received medical care through their benefits plans which... eventually expired and were not renewed, most did not(voluteers have no benefits)...So there has been a $7.4 BILLION Federal bill proposed that would provide taxpayer care for these people. Now Here's the SUCKY part...
REP PETER KING (R)NY
The Democrats in congress have had enough votes to pass the 911 first responders bill(aid for the sick) since 2007.It was originally held up to keep Republicans from adding ammendments, but since 2008 the democrats have held a super majority which allows them to deny republican ammendments. So whats the reason for the current hold up ?...The Democrats have added on controversial immigration legislation to the bill. This is being claimed correctly by the republicans as a procedural trick by the democrats. This trick is to make the republicans look like they are against a bill which everyone supports(911 first reponders aid)or if they vote yes that they support the immigration legislation...The trick is used to create leverage that can be used in the up coming Novemebr election for the democrats, meanwhile the first reponders continue to suffer...and that sucks!