Trump signs Sept. 11 victims' compensation fund extension

Trump signs Sept. 11 victims' compensation fund extension

President Donald Trump on Monday signed legislation to help 9/11 first responders and the families of ones who died from health complications, even though the New Yorker and his administration never publicly got behind the bill.

The bill, which cleared Congress with bipartisan support earlier this month, is guaranteed through 2092. "But we can and we will keep our nation's promise to you", the president said in the White House Rose Garden, flanked by first responders. The family of the late Luis Alvarez, a retired NYPD bomb squad detective who testified before Congress to advocate for the extension of the fund, was also in attendance.

Trump said he was "deeply honored" to be in the presence of more than 60 first responders.

More than 40,000 people have applied to the fund, which covers illnesses potentially related to being at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon or Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after the attacks.

Stewart, who made the cause a personal passion project, tore into the lawmakers' inaction when he testified alongside Alvarez, creating a moment that was frequently replayed on cable news. "Thousands more poured in to continue to fight for their brothers and sisters", Stewart said before the committee. "Eighteen years later, do yours".

"With 20,000 claims now awaiting consideration, and more certain to be filed in the months and years ahead, today's action ensures that the VCF can continue in its successful effort to compensate every deserving individual impacted by the tragic events of September 11", Attorney General William Barr said in statement using an acronym to refer to the fund.

Other notable attendees at the event included Vice President Mike Pence, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, and a number of Republican senators. Both cited the need to eliminate unnecessary spending and offset the measure with budget cuts.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) speaks at a protest calling for the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump on June 15, 2019 in New York City.

Trump claims without evidence to an audience that includes 9/11 first responders: "I was down there [at Ground Zero] also, but I'm not considering myself a first responder, but I was down there".

It has not been proven that Trump was at Ground Zero looking for survivors following the attacks, according to Snopes, despite his claims.

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