Daily News 4/20/18: Feds Still Plan to Restructure 9/11 Agency

Mulvaney, feds stay put on plan to restructure 9/11 health agency

Mulvaney, feds stay put on plan to restructure 9/11 health agency
Despite pleas from New York lawmakers, White House budget Director Mick Mulvaney is staying the course on his agency’s controversial plan to restructure the World Trade Center Health Program. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

The federal government isn’t budging on its plans to rejigger the agency that oversees the health treatment and monitoring of first responders with 9/11 illnesses — a move legislators feel will severely compromise both the program and the people who need it to survive.

In a letter sent to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the World Trade Center Health Program should thrive under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rather than its current home within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The plan to move the WTC Health Program into the CDC was part of the proposed federal 2019 budget, which has yet to be approved.

Mulvaney insisted the move will be beneficial.

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