Letters to the Editor

On July 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 1327, the "Never Forget the Heroes Permanent Authorization of September 11 Victim Compensation Act." This bill is intended to provide additional funding for medical care to the 9/11 first responders who have suffered from incident-related illnesses. This bill passed by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 402-11.

Among those 11 representatives who voted against the bill is our very own Rep. Andy Harris. Harris, a physician and a vocal and persistent advocate of "right to life" positions, seems to have gotten his priorities mixed up, disregarding the life and health of the currently living.

His negative vote, whatever the fiscal reason, shows the hypocrite he is and shames the First Congressional District for having elected him.

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Maybe folks should actually READ the bill before they comment on it. It clearly states in the bill there is a funding issue. While it was going to be extended, there is no money to achieve the goal of helping these folks out. Andy Voted NO in order to have them actually FUND it! These sick folks will have to do this all over again to get congress to fund this bill when it runs out of money. How much strength and numbers will they have by then? I support Any Harris's vote! Not a popular thing to do, but was the right thing to do!

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