Rep. Ben Cline Co-Sponsors, Votes for 9/11 Victim's Compensation Fund Re-Authorization

June 12, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, June 12, passed a H.R. 1327 which would permanently re-authorize of the September 11th Victim’s Compensation Fund. Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) is a co-sponsor of the bill and joined his committee colleagues today in a unanimous vote to pass the legislation.

Cline was in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties when it heard testimony on Tuesday, June 11, from first responders and construction workers who have faced illness as a result of their service on 9/11 and the days, weeks, and months that followed. The video of Cline's comments can be found here.

“I was honored to attend yesterday’s subcommittee hearing on a permanent reauthorization of the September 11th Victim’s Compensation Fund and vote today for the bill. Congress and the nation heard the voices of those facing serious, life-threatening illnesses as a result of their service,” Cline said. “A permanent authorization for this fund is long overdue. The heroes of 9/11 ran into the burning rubble, not knowing the toxins to which they would be exposed. The illnesses they now face are made more difficult by the fight over reauthorization of this important financial lifeline to cover the cost of care for illnesses linked to September 11, 2001. Now is the time for this bill to move to the full House for passage.”

Congressman Ben Cline became the 35th Congressman to represent the Sixth District of Virginia in 2019. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 to 2018. Cline lives in Rockbridge County with his wife and two daughters.