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9/11 Victims Bill Passes House In Final Pre-Election Vote – Roll Call

The House on Friday passed legislation that would award up to $3 billion in payments to thousands of spouses and children of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks who had not benefited from previous rounds of compensation.

The bill passed by an overwhelming majority, 400 to 31, in the last vote before lawmakers headed for the exits to head home and campaign ahead of the midterm elections. He must now seek Senate approval, although that chamber has no votes until November 14.

All but one Democrat — Oregon’s Kurt Schrader, a centrist budget hawk who is leaving the House after losing his primary in May — voted for the bill. Most Republicans also backed him, with just 30 defections from the GOP side.

Sponsors of the measure said it would correct an injustice in the allocation of payments from a fund that originally had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks on New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The state-sponsored US Fund for Victims of Terrorism, established in 2015, was originally designed to compensate US hostages held by Iran for more than a year after the 1979 revolution, and other victims of the terrorism by foreign governments. A previous separate fund was created specifically to compensate 9/11 victims and their family members.

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