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House Follows Senate, Passes 9/11 First Responders Bill

Neon Tommy |
December 22, 2010 | 3:14 p.m. PST

The House passed a bill benefitting 9/11 rescue workers on Wednesday evening by a 206-60 vote, hours after the bill was unanimously approved earlier by the Senate.

"We are thrilled. It's been seven years since Jerry and I introduced the first bill. We've had 22 hearings. It's been a labor of purpose, a labor of love," New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D) said. "All I wanted for Christmas was the passage of this bill, and that's what I got."

The bill heads next to President Obama for his signature.

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