While the GOP was too busy conducting taxpayer funded partisan witch hunts for their own political gain and trying once again to force a government shutdown over women's health care, the James Zadroga 9-11 Health and Compensation Act was allowed to expire.
Today, Congress missed an important deadline to reauthorize the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, and soon the first responders and survivors of the worst terrorist attack on American soil in our history will receive notice -- the programs that provide healthcare and offer financial support to our 9/11 heroes are expiring.
Just yesterday the GOP in Congress wasted time on partisan hearings to attack Planned Parenthood over false allegations from selectively edited videos made by anti-choice extremists. Those faked videos led to state investigations of PP clinics all over the country, none of which turned up any wrongdoing, but that didn't stop Republicans. Their effort was a failure. Planned Parenthood wasn't defunded, and they only made fools of themselves in the process.
Meanwhile, the never ending partisan witch hunt of Hillary Clinton via the Benghazi hearings that subsequently morphed into an email "investigation" proved to be just that: A taxpayer funded partisan witch hunt. The man who presumes to be the next Speaker of the House when John Boehner departs, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, admitted on FOX that this taxpayer funded fishing expedition had succeeded in bringing down Clinton's poll numbers, exposing this as little more than an effort funded by taxpayers to benefit the GOP in the Presidential election. (Worse, Rep. McCarthy said as the new conservative Speaker, this would be his "strategy to fight and win." If he becomes the Speaker, no matter whether you want to put Republicans in office or not as a voter, you will be funding the GOP regardless.)
The party that ignored the warnings and let 9-11 happen in the first place, have now let first responders who sacrificed everything that day become another casualty thanks to their partisan power grabs.
Not only have they failed to act on Zadroga, many Republicans never even bothered to sign on as sponsors, virtually ignoring it altogether.
Florida's Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson was a sponsor, but Republican Sen. Marco Rubio wasn't. Rubio, as well as Jeb! Bush, never even responded to questions on whether they supported it. Virtually all the GOP Presidential candidates ignored the inquiries.
This is what amounts to the new GOP, a party that has ceased to even keep up the pretense that they can govern, and worse, they don't even care to.
Not even 9-11 first responders are a blip on their radar.
It's truly shameless and disgusting.
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