Senate set to hold key test vote on 9/11 health care bill
(AP) - The Senate is set for a key test vote on abill to aid people who became sick after being exposed to toxins atthe World Trade Center ruins after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Backers of the bill say they have the 60 votes needed to prevailon the vote expected Wednesday. But they worry that Republicans whooppose the measure could try to stall a final vote as Congressnears the holidays and the end of its lame duck session.
The bill would provide up to $6.2 billion in medical andeconomic benefits to survivors and responders to the attacks.
It also would have to be approved by the House. New Yorklawmakers are pressing the House to remain in session for the vote.