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H.R. 1327 (116th): Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act

About the bill

This bill might not have passed if not for comedian Jon Stewart.

For years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress had not enacted a dedicated funding program for health benefits for 9/11 first responders. The closest it had come was in late 2010, when the House passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act by 268–160 that September. Introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY12), a seeming majority of senators supported it as well.

But the initial Senate cloture vote that December was 57–42, unable to reach the 60-vote threshold necessary to overcome a filibuster. Many Senate Republicans opposed the bill by saying that the legislation would raise revenue through increasing excise taxes on certain foreign goods in a way that would violate international treaties …

Sponsor and status

Carolyn Maloney

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 12th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 24, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Feb 25, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Jul 29, 2019

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on July 29, 2019.

Pub.L. 116-34

332 Cosponsors (235 Democrats, 97 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Maloney, Schumer, Nadler, and NYC Advocates Celebrate House Passage of the Never Forget the Heroes Act and Call on Senate to Pass Bill Quickly
    — Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12, 2013-2022] (Sponsor) on Jul 15, 2019

Tonko Honors 9/11 Anniversary, Announces $109K Award to Amsterdam Fire Department
    — Rep. Paul Tonko [D-NY20] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 11, 2019

Rubio Applauds Senate Vote to Make Permanent the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
    — Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] on Jul 23, 2019

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 1327 will add $10.2 billion in new spending through 2029.


Feb 25, 2019

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Jun 12, 2019
Ordered Reported

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Jul 12, 2019
Passed House (Senate next)

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Jul 12, 2019
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Jul 23, 2019
Passed Senate

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Jul 29, 2019
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 1327 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1327. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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