"September 11, 2001 was one of the darkest days in the long history of this state and this nation. We will never forget the heroes who risked their lives to help others that day and in the months and years that followed.
"The idea that victims still grappling with the health effects of these horrific attacks may not be able to receive the funding and support they need to treat their illnesses is disgraceful. We should not be diminishing payments to these heroes, we should be increasing funding for all who need it and making this fund permanent once and for all.
"It is our responsibility as a nation to support those who are still suffering from the 9/11 attacks, and I call on the federal government to join the New York Congressional delegation's efforts to take immediate action to fully fund the Victim Compensation Fund and honor the sacrifice these brave New Yorkers have made for their country."