"New Yorkers have always banded together to support the victims of the September 11 attacks, and we will never let them be forgotten.
"As recent reports indicate, we have seen an increase in the number of people applying to the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. The fund, which originally compensated injuries and deaths caused by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, was reopened in 2011 to compensate first responders and individuals who later experienced health problems related to 9/11. To date, nearly $4.3 billion has been awarded to claimants eligible for compensation.
"Some are suggesting that we dilute compensation to the next rounds of applicants due to diminution of funding. That is exactly the wrong approach. All are equally heroes to the nation, and all should be equally and fully funded.
"While significant funding is still available, it is critical that full funding is available for all who need it in the years to come, and I call on Congress to renew and expand the program. In New York, we will always stand with the victims of the attacks, and I will work with the New York delegation to lead the effort in ensuring that everyone receives the fair and ample compensation they deserve."