FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 25, 2019
Contact: Ryan Aquilina
Ditch Mitch Fund Statement Following McConnell’s Commitment for a Vote on 9/11 Victim Fund
Executive Director Ryan Aquilina: “When McConnell says he will ‘take care of’ something, you can be sure he won’t.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Following Mitch McConnell’s commitment to hold a vote renewing funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, Ditch Mitch Fund Executive Director Ryan Aquilina issued the following statement:
“Mitch McConnell finally agreed to meet with 9/11 first responders, but no one should trust Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on anything. When McConnell says he will ‘take care of’ something, you can be sure he won’t. Just like he promised today to ‘take care of’ 9/11 first responders, Mitch McConnell also promised to ‘take care of’ coal miners and not allow the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund to expire. But guess what Mitch did not do, and guess what expired. That’s why in 2020, Kentucky voters are going to finally ‘take care of’ Mitch McConnell at the ballot box.”
In October 2018, Mitch McConnell vowed to renew funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, saying, “That’ll be taken care of before we get into an expiration situation. It just won’t be allowed to be unfunded.” Mitch McConnell made similar comments this month to Fox News, saying, “We will take care of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.”
But in January 2019, funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund expired and has not been renewed, saving coal companies hundreds of millions of dollars a year. With funding now at less than half of previous levels, it is estimated that by mid-2020 the fund will not have enough money to cover benefit payments.
So if Mitch McConnell “takes care of” 9/11 first responders the same way he “took care of” black lung victims, you can be pretty sure that our 9/11 heroes will continue to suffer.
The Ditch Mitch Fund, started in October 2018, is a grassroots-funded organization solely dedicated to holding Mitch McConnell accountable, supporting his future Democratic opponent, and defeating McConnell once and for all in 2020.
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