Trump administration withheld funds from FDNY 9/11 health program: Report

Trump administration withheld funds from FDNY 9/11 health program: Report


The Trump administration reportedly withheld millions of dollars in funding designated to help 9/11 first responders, prompting outrage from New York politicians.

The Treasury Department began pocketing the funding, nearly $4 million in total, which was meant to cover medical expenses, almost four years ago, according to a New York Daily News report published a day before the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health oversees the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program, which is meant to cover medical services for firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics suffering from illnesses related to 9/11.

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“This was just disappearing,” the program’s director, Dr. David Prezant, said. “This is the most amazing thing. This was disappearing — without any notification.”

He claimed that the program was docked about $500,000 in 2016 and 2017 and approximately $630,000 in each of the following two years. Prezant said the amount taken from

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