Backers of a bill to provide as much as $7.4 billion in aid to people sickened by World Trade Center dust are making a last-minute push in the Senate.
First responders, survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks and lawmakers are gathering Tuesday on Capitol Hill before the lame duck session of Congress ends.
They are urging passage of the bill to provide free health care and compensation to 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who fell ill after working in the Trade Center ruins.
The bill passed the House in September but could die unless the Senate approves it before adjourning this year. Bill backers worry it could face a tougher fight in the new, more conservative Congress.