The House cleared a health care bill for Sept. 11 first responders on a 206-60 vote Wednesday, in what is likely its last official act of the 111th Congress.
“It is now up to us to see that the United States honors its heroes,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said before the vote.
But Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) urged a “no” vote, because the bill would be paid for in part by a new tax on some imported goods and worries that other countries would retaliate.
A significant number of House Members missed the vote: 168 were not present.
The Senate passed the bill earlier Wednesday on a voice vote, after Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) reached an agreement with the bill’s sponsors to shrink its cost to $4.2 billion from $6.2 billion. Coburn had complained that the compensation under the original bill was excessive and would be susceptible to fraud.
The 9/11 bill now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.