Cowardly GOPer Sen. Collins Calls Cops on 9/11 Heroes

December 16, 2010

(ChattahBox Political News)—This is just vile. Afraid of being confronted on her no vote to deny our 9/11 first responders health care, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) called the Capitol Police when a group of 9/11 heroes arrived to lobby Republican Senators. The entire Republican Caucus filibustered the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which would provide 9/11 first responders with health care, many of whom are suffering from severe health problems from breathing in the toxic dust and fumes from Ground Zero. The Republicans say we can’t afford to pay for their care, calling it a “slush fund.” While Sen. Collins and the rest of her GOP colleagues were blocking the health bill, they were also holding unemployment benefits hostage, vowing to block everything else, until they got an unpaid for tax cut for the wealthiest two percent of Americans.

Once the Capitol Hill police met with the nine first responders in the senate building, led by advocate John Feal, they quickly realized the group posed no risk to Sen. Collins or anyone else.

The group of firefighters, police and Ground Zero construction workers were there to plead with Republican lawmakers to pass the health bill, before more responders die.

The New York Daily News writes:

“Collins is among the senators the 9/11 community hopes will come over to their side, but her call to authorities left them wondering if they could succeed.”

‘“I’m deeply disappointed in Sen. Collins for calling the Capitol Police, but they welcomed us with open arms,” said Feal, although he wound up with a police escort for the first stops on his visit.”

‘“I’m more disappointed that Susan Collins is hiding behind ideology, and now the police, to stop from helping us,” Feal said. “And the people she called to stop us, are just like us. It’s a little ironic.”’

Collins is not the only GOP lawmaker avoiding 9/11 first responders. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was recently approached by an advocate for the 9/11 heroes, but the Senator blew him off.

“He said ‘Thank you for your service.’

“And ‘I can’t help you.’

“Then, bang, he stepped around me and onto the elevator.

“If his eyes were daggers, I’d be dead. They’d all be in my heart.

“John McCain was pathetic. I would have thought more of him.”

The Zadroga 9/11 Health bill was at first voted down by Republicans in the House, when it was brought to the floor in July as a “suspension bill,” requiring a 2/3 majority. Rep. Anthony (D-NY) called the bill’s defeat a “shame” and an “outrage.” The bill finally passed through the House on a regular vote.

But the Republicans in the Senate killed it.

The sick and dying 9/11 first responders are becoming desperate, realizing that if the bill to provide them health care does not pass during this legislative session, before the GOP takes over the House and gains additional members in the Senate, it’s dead in the water.

It’s despicable. And for Sen. Collins to call the cops on sick 9/11 heroes, because she’s too cowardly to meet them in person, is beyond despicable.


8 Responses to “Cowardly GOPer Sen. Collins Calls Cops on 9/11 Heroes”

  1. USUNJUSTICE on December 17th, 2010 6:15 pm

    Yet another lesson in hipocracy from the GOP, and as usual the Dems sit in the corner whimpering that their big brother the GOP beat them up again. I did love the fact she called cops to protect her from the cops she screwed over, lesson two irony.

  2. Vicki on December 17th, 2010 10:58 pm

    The republican party have no honesty or decency. They only care about doing what they are told by their corrupt leader McConnell. McConnell’s ruthless anti-American tactics have been in display since President Obama took office. There are a lot of sorry republicans right there obstructing and opposing doing their jobs. The GOP puts the millionaires and billionaires getting tax cuts above everything else. They are just despicable and sickening. Collins and McCain are just pathetic.

  3. Greydog on December 18th, 2010 5:31 am

    The ruling class is the scum of the earth, proving it again and again.
    When people show you who they are, believe them.

    How many times did Collins and McCain invoke 9/11 to their advantage?
    May they both rot in hell.

  4. Salvatore DiChristina on December 18th, 2010 8:31 am

    I feel like throwing up everytime I hear a Republican speak the words, “Our courageous responders who risked everything on 9/11” or just as bad, Republican’s who never served on active duty, yea many of whom ducked their generation’s war, stating, “Our brave troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.” Those same brave souls who voted without questioning the justification for the war to put those troops in harm’s way. If they be the example our children ought to follow, this country is in far more danger than ever, not because of the enemy without, but because of the cowardly enemy within.

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  6. Mike on December 18th, 2010 10:21 am

    A friend of mine was working as a security guard for a law office building in Portland, Maine in the early 90’s. One day Sen. Collins arrived unexpectedly with 2 attendants. She walked up to an office door, the kind with the plain metal handle you turn downward to open. And she didn’t know how to open it!! My friend stood there and watched her make three futile attempts before she gave up and asked him to do it for her. Her exact words were, “My! This is most disconcerting!”

    With brains like hers in Washington, no wonder this country is going down the tubes.

  7. Jeanne on December 18th, 2010 10:35 am

    The 9/11 health fund is $7 million. At $100,000 tax cut per millionaire, it would only take the tax cut from 70 millionaires to pay for this.

  8. mark inyokern,ca. on December 19th, 2010 6:19 am

    when last year,all the republicans were talking about “death panels”……….
    who knew they meant themselves?
    (i did)

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