911 fund running low, Mitch McConnell looks to extend funds

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The victims fund for sick and dying 9/11 first responders is running out of money.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising to get the funds extended ahead of schedule.

“These men and women uniform and non-uniform, the children of lower Manhattan are sick and dying and there are families being left in financial ruins,” 9/11 First Responder, John Feal. 

9/11 first responders are more hopeful than they did about two weeks ago following a face-to-face meeting with McConnell. 

“We’re going to leave here and Luis Alvarez is going to die. And in that meeting we gave senate majority leader Mitch McConnell Luis Alvarez’ badge,” said John Feal. 

They said that they hope that badge will keep them at the top of McConnell’s priorities and remind him that the men and women who put their lives on the line during 9/11 need someone to have their backs now.

They said McConnell committed to a vote on the victims fund in August and they’re taking him at his word.

“For the first time he said he sensed the urgency,” said 911 9/11 First Responder and Retired FDNY Firefighter Kenny Specht. “Unfortunately there’s more people sick than the money that exists in the fund currently, Specht added. 

“We don’t care how they do it. we just want it done,” said Feal. 

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