Sept. 11 Health and Compensation Fund. HR 847 (Roll Call 491)
rejected a proposal to create a federal medical program for those involved in the response
to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 who became ill in later years. This version
of the bill created an $8.4 billion fund to be spent for 21 years with no oversight which
ACU opposed. Although the proposal did receive a majority vote of 255-159 on July 29,
2010, under House procedures, a two-thirds majority was required. A bill costing half as
much with oversight and a five year sunset provision later passed.