It is done: At 10:25 Monday morning in the Rose Garden, President Donald Trump signed the bill, then handed the thick felt pen to tireless 9/11 advocate John Feal. Now the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, for the heroes and victims sickened by the destruction of the World Trade Center, has no artificial expiration date and no funding cap.
Just 44 minutes later, at 11:09, the Department of Justice’s VCF Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya announced that the financial support program will now accept all claims for an additional 70 years, until Oct. 1, 2090.
Trump knows the heroism of his fellow New Yorkers. Just before signing, he said, “For your entire lives, you have gone far beyond your duty to us, and today we strive to fulfill our sacred duty to you. We love you. We honor you. And we thank you.”