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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Lobbied Against 9/11 Heroes’ Healthcare to Save Foreign Corporations Money

US Chamber of Commerce to 9/11 first responders: "Screw you guys". (Photo: Jim Watson)

The US Chamber of Commerce lobbied to defeat a bill aimed at providing medical care for first responders and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.

The reason for this appalling action is that the bill would have been funded by closing a tax loophole that saved foreign corporations– many of which are Chamber members– billions of dollars in US taxes.

The Chamber circulated a letter opposing the life-saving bill for our 9/11 heroes, warning that passing the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010” would “damage US relationships with major trading partners” and “aggravate already unsettled financial markets.”

As shocking as this shameful lobbying is, this behavior is totally in character for the Chamber of Commerce, which always places the interests of corporation over those of flesh and blood human beings. Last year, for example, the Chamber spent $86 million donated by the insurance industry on opposing health care reform.

Since 1998 they’ve invested a whopping $600 million to buy the loyalty of American politicians in both parties.


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