1. UPSOUND: Sen. Marsha Blackburn, (R) Presiding Officer
"The yeas are 97, the nays are 2, the bill is passed."
Washington, DC - 23 July 2019
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D) New York:
"Today is not a celebration. It's a deep sigh of relief. We have lost so many of our heroes, and sadly more will continue to get sick and more will die."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader, (D) New York:
"The proof of the pudding, of the great job she did, and all the people behind me did, is said in two numbers: 97 and 2; 97 and 2."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jon Stewart, Comedian and Activist for 911 Responders:
"We can never repay all that the 9/11 community has done for our country. But we can stop penalizing them. And today is that day. That they can exhale because unfortunately the pain and suffering of of what these heroes continue to go through is going to continue."
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Feal, Fealgood Foundation:
"We saw an opportunity, we had a small window, and we took advantage of it and we're leaving D.C. on our terms, and we're going out with dignity and class. We got our straight up and down vote - 97 to 2."
The Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill ensuring that a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks never runs out of money.
The 97-2 vote sends the bill to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.
The vote came after Democratic senators agreed to allow votes on amendments sponsored by two Republican senators who had been blocking the widely popular bill.
The Senate easily defeated the amendments proposed by GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said 9/11 first responders and their families have had "enough of political games."
The bill would extend through 2092 a fund created after the 2001 terrorist attacks, essentially making it permanent. The $7.4 billion fund is rapidly being depleted, and administrators recently cut benefit payments by up to 70%.
Comedian Jon Stewart, a longtime advocate for the 9/11 responders, hailed the vote. "We can never repay all that the 9/11 community has done for our country. But we can stop penalizing them. Today is that day," he said.
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