9/11 victims could lose financial aid: NY lawmakers

Victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US may lose financial support in October 2016 unless Congress reauthorizes the compensation fund, say three New York lawmakers.

The lawmakers have issued warnings as the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund will expire then. However, officials have resolved only a quarter of compensation claims so far.

Over 5,600 awards have been approved which have totaled more than $1.3 billion.

“At that pace, the program will run out of money,” said Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, and Peter King in a press released on Monday.

“Claim determinations could be cut by half or more, unless Congress extends and fully funds the program,” warned the lawmakers, who introduced a bill a few months ago.

The bill, which authorizes the funding and extends it permanently, has been backed by a quarter of the House, according to Maloney.

 

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