HONOLULU (AP) - Democrats are denouncing US Rep. Charles Djou's opposition to legislation to provide up to $7.4 billion to workers sickened during cleanup of the World Trade Center site in New York after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Ryan Rudominer calls the Republican congressman's vote against the bill outrageous. He says Djou has talked about supporting workers who risked their lives but voted against a measure to do that.
In a statement Thursday, Djou spokesman Daniel Son said the workers and survivors are already provided health care funding. He says the bill would create a 10-year fund that is open to waste, fraud and abuse.
Djou is seeking re-election against Democrat Colleen Hanabusa.
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