The President of the United States, Donald J. Trump signed a bill ensuring that a fund to compensate victims of Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks never runs out of money.
“Today we come together as one nation to support our Sept. 11 heroes, to care for their families and to renew our eternal vow, never ever forget,” Trump said before signing the bill.
Addressing the numerous 9/11 first responders in attendance for the signing moments later, Trump said, “Over the last two decades, you have endured hardship with amazing grace and incredible grit.”
“You lift up our communities and you remind us what it means to all stand united, one nation under God,” he said. “Today we strive to fulfill our sacred duty to you.”
The president also spoke specifically about the first responders in his native New York City.
“The whole world witnessed the might and resilience of our men and women in the New York Fire Department and New York Police Department,” the president said, adding, “They answered terror with the emotional strength of true American warriors.”
“The love and loyalty of our 9/11 responders know no bounds,” he added.
“We pledge to stand by the families of those affected today, and every day we will stand with you,” Trump said.
The legislation authorizes money for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund through 2092, essentially making it permanent. Prior to the signing, the $7.4 billion funds were rapidly being depleted, and administrators recently cut benefit payments by up to 70 percent.
Credit – NBC news