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Deal reached on aid package for 9/11 responders

POSTED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 4:25pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 6:10pm

WASHINGTON— The Senate has reached a deal to provide up to $4.2 billion in new aid to survivors and responders of the September 2001terrorism attack on the World Trade Center.

A House vote was expected on the bill within hours.

The bill will provide money for treating and monitoring illnesses related to the 9/11 attacks, and will reopen a compensation fund for victims for another five years. The bill will also cover wage and other economic losses of sickened workers and nearby residents of Ground Zero.

Democratic Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York were seeking to get $6.2 billion and keeping the fund open for 10 years, but were opposed by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.

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