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Rep. Capuano Files Legislation to Aid Victims of Anthrax Attacks

November 1, 2001 -- Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA) has filed the "Anthrax Victims' Assistance Act" in an effort to provide much needed services to those diagnosed with anthrax and their families.

This legislation expands the "September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001" to include any individual diagnosed with anthrax between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2001. The compensation fund was established as part of the "Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act", which passed Congress and was signed into law in September. The purpose of the fund is to provide assistance to the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks as well as their families.

"The men and women so tragically infected with anthrax are also victims of a terrorist attack, this time carried out through our mail system. Some of these exposures have been fatal. Although we are not certain who is responsible for this horrific act, it bears the same disregard for human life as the September 11th attacks upon New York and the Pentagon. My legislation expands the compensation fund so that victims of anthrax and their families are also eligible for assistance," stated Rep. Mike Capuano.

The legislation was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.