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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hillary Clinton calls for re-authorization of Zadroga Act

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Fresh off her appearance in Iowa -- where she dropped several hints about her future presidential ambitions in front of a crowd of more than 6,000 Democrats -- Hillary Clinton looked back as she spoke to a smaller group of labor leaders Tuesday night in Manhattan and called for the re-authorization of the Zadroga Act.

Speaking to about 150 labor leaders at the teachers union headquarters, Clinton called for the re-authorization of the 2010 legislation, which compensates 9/11 first responders for health problems cause by working at the World Trade Center site after the attacks.

“This is like a homecoming,” Clinton said.

She hailed labor leaders as her “comrades in arms” for helping to pass the law four years ago, legislation Clinton sponsored when she served in the Senate.

“It was a scene out of Dante’s Inferno,” she said, recalling a visit to Ground Zero after the World Trade Center attacks. “It was as close to Hell as I can imagine any of us experiencing…. It was organized labor that came to the forefront and began working with me and others. Union pension funds became the only source of help for people in need.”

The Zadroga Act is set to expire in 2016.

“There are thousands who still need help,” she said. “All this work is at risk unless Congress acts.... The price of passage was a so-called sunset clause and...

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