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Begich Applauds Passage of 9/11 Health Care Bill


New START Treaty also Approved by Senate

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today applauded the passage of two important pieces of legislation in the U.S. Senate.

“I am very pleased to begin the holiday season knowing we have done the right thing for the heroes of 9/11 who asked for nothing in return when they answered the call of duty after the tragic attack nearly a decade ago,” Sen. Begich said.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 recognizes the heroic actions of first responders who bravely went above and beyond the call of duty at ground zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The bill covers the cost of medical care for first responders who suffer health ailments after breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke at ground zero. The legislation covers first responders from across the country who rushed to New York City to provide vital assistance, including Alaskans.

The New START Treaty will promote national security by reducing the number of nuclear warheads deployed by the United States and Russia to 1,550 each and allowing U.S. inspectors to resume inspections of Russian warheads. Sen. Begich received assurances that the treaty does not restrict the operations or growth of Alaska’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense ballistic missile system from top officials at the Department of Defense and State Department before supporting the treaty.

“Alaska and our nation are a safer place with the ratification of the New START Treaty. Securing nuclear materials and keeping them out of the hands of terrorists and rouge states while maintaining a strong nuclear deterrent and Alaska’s missile defense system are all positive steps necessary for our national defense,” Sen. Begich said.

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