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9/11 health bill to get another vote in the House

The 9/11 health bill will get another shot in the House in two weeks in an up-or-down simple-majority vote, Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler said Wednesday.

"We have talked to the Democratic leadership and they have told us that the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act will be brought to the House floor soon after Congress returns from recess," they said in a statement following a Manhattan news conference.

"We anticipate that the bill will be taken up the second week we are back in session and will be considered under regular order, with the expectation and belief that neither side will play politics with this vitally important legislation."

In July, House Democratic leaders brought up the bill under rules that would bar GOP amendments but required a two-thirds majority to pass.

After the bill failed with just 12 Republicans voting for it, Rep. Pete King (R-Seaford) and Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens) heatedly debated on the House floor which political party was to blame.

On Wednesday, they were at the news conference to back the $7.4-billion bill to provide health care and compensation for responders and residents ailing from working at the site.

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