Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is meeting Tuesday with 9/11 first responders who’ve been pushing him to move aggressively to pass a new funding bill to care for Sept. 11 heroes and survivors, even as yet another of them lies dying.
Pressure has mounted on McConnell (R-Ky) since first responders, including cancer-stricken former NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez and comedian Jon Stewart gave heart-wrenching testimony to Congress a little over a week ago about the Victim Compensation Fund, which is running out of money.
Alvarez left that hearing for what would have been his 69th round of chemotherapy, but doctors discovered when he arrived that his liver was no longer functioning and there was nothing they could do.
Alvarez is now in hospice, still hoping Congress will act. “I will continue to fight until the Good Lord decides it’s time,” he posted on Facebook after hearing from his doctors.
His fellow first responders will go to Washington for him.