But let's not forget what Senate Republicans demanded to get the bill through the chamber: a considerably weaker bill. The price tag is down to just $4.2 billion, and the life of the program is now five years instead of 10.
As Jonathan Zasloff noted, "Does that matter? I would think so: a chronic illness doesn't stop after five years because the federal funding runs out.... Hopefully, this does not harm any of the first responders who risked themselves for his freedom. But just remember this the next time Republicans tell you how much they care about national security."
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