Pat Toomey

The Senate has voted 97-2 to approve the 9/11 Compensation Fund extension that will virtually ensure permanent funding for rescue workers whose work after the Sept. 11 attacks caused serious health problems.

The House passed the bill last month, and is now headed to President Trump's desk. This ends the uncertainty that victims families have had for years concerning the fund that was running out of money.

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement after he voted for, and a bipartisan majority of the Senate passed, legislation that he cosponsored to reauthorize the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund:

"The heroes that responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, Shanksville, and at the Pentagon represent the very best of our country. Today's vote to strengthen the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund will ensure that the first responders, including Pennsylvanians, that develop illnesses from their service at these sites will continue to have access to important assistance. I look forward to President Trump signing this measure into law soon."

The bill has been sent on to President Trump for his signature.