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And as we mark twelve years since the attacks of September 11 and remember the thousands who died there is an imprint deadline approaching for anybody who was in lower Manhattan on or after that day.
That's October 3 that's the final beta sign up for the nine elevenths victim compensation fund.
Now for people who knew or had reason to know before October 3 2011 that they come down -- illness related to the attacks.
Registration preserves the right to file a future claim but it's not just first responders were talking about.
Iron workers construction employees and others.
-- who worked at the site for months officials are also encouraging people who lived in the immediate area to register as well.
According to the Fed's doctors have diagnosed more than 11100 people with cancer related.
To those attacks and that number.
Is expected to -- with us now is New York congressman Michael -- he was an FBI agent in lower Manhattan at the time and he spent months at ground zero.
He's also been pushing for survivors and fellow responders to sign up for the fun.
Congressman Jim Graham joins us now it's good to see congressman.
Good to be here.
It's important to understand that there's a reason that -- pushing so hard for people to sign up for this imprint deadline.
Because there are people who may not know that they will need these funds in the future correct.
Absolutely correct and and unfortunately many people think.
It's only the first responders your firefighters your NYPD.
But as you mentioned correctly you could have been an iron -- you could have been a construction -- it could -- someone.
Handing out supplies in all volunteer.
There was so many volunteers handing out masks handing out water while we were down on the pile.
They were all exposed just as everyone else so it's very important that everyone understands if you would doubt that pile even if you just lived in the vicinity.
And you would differ extended period of time you should sign up and preserve any rights that you may have.
And you're talking about two point eight billion dollars that has been set aside for this -- congressman and people I think don't realize even if you never use that even if you never get your share of the money -- needed in the future god willing people do not need it.
It's important just to kind of put your name on this list just so that if something happens you're protected by the law.
Absolutely that's exactly the point you want to preserve.
Any rights that you may have -- you don't know unfortunately.
Many others came down with rare rare cancers many years after.
The event after that if that this tragedy.
So you not sure how long some of these diseases could take.
Two actually manifest themselves physically so it's very important that anyone that was down that pile again even if you would if you were not working.
On the -- so what you were just half a block away handing out what are you were exposed to those to those.
You know I would say that toxic air and -- you may unfortunately.
Come down with some type of rare cancer in in the in in your future.
Clearly congressman this is very noble cause you're working up blood got -- -- wanna get your thoughts -- Syria because you switch your support you came out in favor.
Of strikes on Syria now -- against that because now you're feeling appears to be -- the president was willing to go with peace to begin with why didn't he why start off saying we're gonna strike Syria.
Well I think there's several things you know first when I came -- to support the president and listen I want to be clear.
I want to support our president I want to support our commander in chief.
I think it's important for -- things to do so.
But I was very clear when I first need that support there -- two things that were important to me number one that we did not delay.
And if we gonna do -- strike it had to be done quickly -- the window of opportunity to read we do know restore credibility was a small window.
There -- things I felt it had to be a very meaningful strike you cannot just be shot across the bow.
You know as as time went on -- -- 72 hours went by.
I could hit the president was was not going to do that obviously he wanted to wait for us to come back into session not -- -- special session.
And the period of time was way too long in my opinion -- -- to act.
And I also didn't think it was going to be -- meaningful strike especially after both secretaries came to the hill and could not really articulate.
A good plan for what the goal was to that was those were very important items for me to look at.
For it to make me pull that support.
And and I still feel that was the right decision at this at this time.
And you're among many lawmakers who have switched their support New York congressman Michael Grimm congressman good to see you thank you sir.
Good to see you thank you.
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