US Senate passes aid package for Sept. 11 workers

WASHINGTON — After a last-minute compromise, the US Senate passed legislation Wednesday to provide up to $4.2 billion in new aid to survivors of the September 2001 terrorism attack on the World Trade Center in New York and responders who became ill working in its ruins.
A House of Representatives vote was expected on the bill within hours as lawmakers raced to wrap up their work for the year before Christmas. US President Obama has said he looks forward to signing the measure, though some supporters of the bill have criticized him for not getting more involved in the fight.
The measure was a product of a compromise involving US Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma.