Obama signs Sept. 11 first responders bill.

President Barack Obama said Sunday he was honored to sign…

President Barack Obama said Sunday he was honored to sign a bill to provide aid to survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks and first responders who became ill working in the ruins at the World Trade Center.

“We will never forget the selfless courage demonstrated by the firefighters, police officers and first responders who risked their lives to save others,” Obama said in a statement. “I believe this is a critical step for those who continue to bear the physical scars of those attacks.”

“At long last, the President’s signature has ended our nine-year struggle to address the 9/11 health crisis. The Zadroga law will save lives and fulfills our moral obligation to care for those who rose to the defense of America in a time of war,” said Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

“This is a great victory for the heroes of September 11th, the firefighters, police officers and construction workers. Justice is finally being served,” added Republican Rep. Peter King.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was named after a police officer who died of a respiratory disease he contracted during the 9/11 rescue operations. The bill was one of the last measures Congress passed before adjourning in December.

Source: The Associated Press via MSNBC.

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