WASHINGTON (AP) -- A New York senator is predicting that the scaled-back costs of a bill to provide health care to the police and firefighters who were first on the scene of the country's worst terrorist attack will win Senate passage.
Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Monday that trimming the cost of the first responders' health care bill from $7.4 billion to $6.2 billion has addressed concerns of some of her Republican colleagues.
The bill would cover the health care costs of those who reached the World Trade Center shortly after the terrorists crashed two commercial jetliners into the twin towers Sept. 11. 2001. Many of those emergency workers got sick after working in the tower dust and have since developed "horrible cancers" and died, Gillibrand said. Their average age was 46.
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