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This time it’s a bill that extends medical care for first responders and victims of 9/11. Republicans oppose it because it “creates a massive new entitlement program”  and is paid for with a tax that would result in “potential job losses.” Politico has the story:

“The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009, sponsored by New York City Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D), provides medical monitoring to those exposed to toxins at Ground Zero, bolsters treatment at specialized centers for those afflicted by toxins on 9/11 and reopens a compensation fund to provide economic loss to New Yorkers.

“But this bill, according to Republicans, “creates a massive new entitlement program, exposes taxpayers to increased litigation, and is ‘paid for’ with tax increases and potential job losses.”

And it’s all paid for by closing a tax loophole on foreign companies with U.S. subsidiaries, Democrats say.

But according to Republicans it’s a job-killing growth of government that creates a new entitlement and wastes taxpayer dollars.


Republicans continue to believe that those who responded to the WTC attack should get the treatment and liability protection they need because they dutifully answered a call for help,” the policy statement reads.”

Whatever it is, they’re against it.