Fire Fighters are almost twice as likely to get cancer than the general population. We're lucky to have a great cancer treatment center not to far away at MD Anderson, Houston. However it's a little too far away from NOLA to travel constantly for treatment. Thanks to the amazing folks at the Rotary Club of University Area Houston and Rotary District 5890, there is a comfortable place for fire fighters and their families to stay while receiving treatment.
The Rotary Fire Fighters Home is holding its annual gala and fundraiser on September 7, and we're partnering with them to help in their fundraising efforts. Please consider donating today at rotaryfirefightershome.org. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you for your support for our Brothers and Sisters who sacrificed so much on that horrible day.BREAKING: US Senate passes 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Permanent Reauthorization by a 97-2 vote. Both the Lee and Paul amendments failed.
Thanks to everyone who made call to your Senator to let them know of your support for this important legislation. ... See MoreSee Less
On Tuesday, July 23, the U.S. Senate will vote on HR 1327, The Never Forget The Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Act.
Before the Senate votes on final passage, it will vote on two damaging amendments by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY). The IAFF is urging lawmakers to reject these amendments, which would delay relief for 9/11 responders and threaten passage of the underlying bill.
The Lee Amendment would cap funding available for the program and lead to yet another funding shortfall, requiring 9/11 responders to continue returning to Congress to beg for funding, while the Paul amendment would require a cut in spending across the entire federal government by $2 billion per year for five years, slashing funds to important federal programs, including the Firefighter Cancer Registry and Assistance to Fire Fighters (FIRE Act) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants.
Please call both your U.S. senators (contact info below) and ask them to: - Vote No on the Lee Amendment
- Vote No on the Paul Amendment
- Vote Yes to pass HR 1327 to reauthorize the Victim Compensation Fund
The bill has received bipartisan support in the Senate and has 74 cosponsors. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 402-12.
LA Senators: John Kennedy: (202) 224-4623 Bill Cassidy: (202) 224-5824 ... See MoreSee Less