(Trenton) -- This morning, Congressman Scott Garrett voted against the bipartisan omnibus funding bill, which included the long overdue reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act -- legislation that ensures critical benefits for 9/11 first responders and survivors do not lapse. The final bill passed the House 316-113.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Congressman Garrett signed on as a co-sponsor the Zadroga Act only after he was confronted about his lack of leadership on the issue during a May town hall. At the time, Garrett was the only House member from New York and New Jersey who had not yet signed on to the bill and he “quickly added his name” to the Zadroga Act after the meeting.
“Congressman Garrett once again showed his true colors this morning by voting against permanently reauthorizing critical benefits for 9/11 first responders and survivors,” said New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie. “While Garrett’s vote against taking care of these heroes is disheartening, it is not surprising. Congressman Garrett reliably puts his fringe, partisan ideology before the interests of his northern New Jersey district, voting against essential bipartisan measures like the omnibus bill, and funding for our roads and bridges. Our 9/11 first responders and survivors, and all New Jerseyans, deserve a Member of Congress who will stand up for them instead of toeing the Tea Party line.”