Chris Lee & the Zadroga 9/11 Health Care Bill

29 Sep

Today, the House passed the Zadroga 9/11 Health Care Bill 268 – 160. Named for a New York City police officer who responded on 9/11 and died in 2006 from a respiratory illness that’s been causally linked to exposure to chemicals in the air on that day, the bill provides a $7.4 billion fund for the medical expenses and other compensation to those whose health is similarly affected.

To pay for it, Congress closed a loophole exploited by many nominally American, and multinational corporations whose headquarters are removed to foreign tax havens in an effort to avoid or minimize exposure to US corporate income taxes. The Zadroga bill closes that loophole and requires those companies to pay taxes on income earned from business in the US.

The sole member of the New York State congressional delegation to vote against guaranteeing health care and monitoring for the heroes of 9/11 was Chris Lee from NY-26. Lee’s objection? He can’t STAND the government having the job-killing audacity to expect companies making a profit in the United States to actually pay income taxes on those profits. Only the little people pay taxes.

So, there you have it.

When given a choice to stand with the heroes of 9/11, or to stand with tax-avoiding multinational corporations, Chris Lee stands with big business.

7 Responses to “Chris Lee & the Zadroga 9/11 Health Care Bill”

  1. Historical Pessimist September 29, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    “Corporate Chris” strikes again. I consider his demise in 2 years to be the only silver lining to this week’s news that New York will most likely lose two seats in redistricting, as opposed to the one that had been forecast before.

  2. Hapklein September 30, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    What I fear is the continued contamination of the US body politic by people like Lee. His district was gerrymandered to serve Tom Reynolds and it created the crazy ear muff district that joined two democratic areas and saved a place for Louise.
    Now with the folks in that district voting Republican regardless if the candidate is brain dead the rest of us have this embarrassment to haunt the future with a conservative wedge.
    The vote by Lee is against the hero’s of our time who served to clean up after 9/11. These unfortunate people became sick as a result of false assurances by the Bush administration that the conditions were not health threatening.
    Now the Republican Party doubles up in its evil role in this matter by turning the support for these secondary victims into a political football.
    As an American I don’t think I was ever embarrassed by anything more than the refusal of the Party of No to pass this bill the last time around. Shame on every one of them and shame on Chris Lee for furthering this sinful instinct.

  3. Jesse September 30, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    Jesus, way to get down deep there, Alan. You and your cohorts complain about stuff on WECK every week, and then you demagogue a house vote with the silly “he’s against health care!” line.

    WNYMedia: the same kind of political hacks you can find anywhere else.

    • Alan Bedenko September 30, 2010 at 7:31 am #

      He’s the ONLY NY congressman to vote against it – and for what? To continue to let big companies making a killing in the US avoid paying taxes on those profits by being based in Bermuda? Well, how DARE I criticize his patriotic high-mindedness!

  4. Chris Smith September 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    Chris Lee IS against government health care. Chris Lee IS a supporter of reducing taxes for corporations and protecting offshore earnings.

    How is restating his actual positions, in fact, political hackery?

  5. Hapklein October 1, 2010 at 6:36 am #

    There is warped reasoning for you. The US government set up a group of volunteers who were working on behalf of the country trying to salvage what ever from the world trade center. The government withheld information and failed to conduct due process in assessing the air quality issues at ground zero and as a result hundreds of people lost their quality and in many cases their life as a result of government cupidity.
    Now the Party of No is justified to deny these people compensation on the basis of some ill-defined vision of the limits of government?
    Lee joins those other ideological automatons in Washington who sit on their hands and watch the country disintegrate hoping to use that as a campaign issue. It will be that but not in the way they have hoped.

  6. Jesse October 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    Why I am accusing you, Alan, of political hackery:

    Here’s what Chris Lee put out regarding his no vote (from that link):

    “I offered an alternative plan to remove these job-killing tax hikes and finance the bill with spending cuts. It is unwise and unnecessary to pit 9/11 heroes against 15 million out-of-work Americans, and we could have and should have protected both in this bill.”

    Here’s how it comes out of Alan’s keyboard:

    “When given a choice to stand with the heroes of 9/11, or to stand with tax-avoiding multinational corporations, Chris Lee stands with big business.”

    No analysis of his alternative plan, just “he’s a Republican so he must be buddies with his big business pals” base populism.

    My point is that you guys are always, continually, CORRECTLY, pointing out in your on-air segments on WECK that the political system is a mess, we need better people, we need more understanding of issues and not just voting based on fear, etc…. and then you respond with this.

    You and Chris and the gang want to elevate the level and make things better, DO IT. Please! I’d love to see it!

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