block the 9/11 health bill?
Republican senators blocked Democratic legislation on Thursday that sought to provide medical care to rescue workers and others who became ill as a result of breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke at the site of the World Trade Center attack in 2001.
...Republicans have been raising concerns about how to pay for the $7.4 billion measure...
Of course, the Republicans want to extend the Bush tax cuts permanently, at a cost of $700 billion over 10 years for the wealthiest Americans. In that case, they're not worried about paying for it. According to Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and David Vitter (R-LA), tax cuts are neither paid for nor add to the deficit.
Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY) argued that we have a moral responsibility toward the first responders at ground zero and predicted that the 9/11 health bill was one that “Republicans won’t leave this town without passing.” She doesn't know today's Republicans. They have their priorities.