Michael McAuliff
NY Daily News
December 3, 2010

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Outraged victims of the 9/11 attacks are ripping callous Republicans for circulating “a pack of lies” in a bid to torpedo aid for Ground Zero’s dying first responders.

With the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act on the verge of a Senate vote, GOP foes are circulating a document arguing Uncle Sam has paid back the ailing heroes.

Providing more aid would lead to fraud and abuse funded by “job-killing taxes,” the Republicans claimed.

“This is an insult to the entire 9/11 community,” John Feal, an injured Ground Zero worker who runs the Fealgood Foundation, told the Daily News.

“The Republican Party is hiding behind baseless attacks. They need to man-up and grow a set of Abe Lincolns,” said Feal, who lost half his foot at The Pile.

Sources told The News the prime senator behind the opposition is Wyoming’s Mike Enzi, the top Republican on the Senate Health Committee.

Feal, who had been impressed with Enzi’s sympathy at past 9/11 hearings, called him out in a letter describing his opposition as unfathomable.

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“I could not believe when I heard that you have asked the Republican caucus to again delay consideration of the 9/11 bill,” Feal wrote.

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