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House Rejects 9/11 Bill

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A federal bill that would provide up to $7.4 billion in aid to people sickened by toxic dust at the World Trade Center failed to gain a two-thirds majority in the House Wednesday.

New York City Mayor Bloomberg says both parties are to blame for the bill's failure. Speaking on his weekly radio show on WOR on Friday, the mayor called the House's failure to pass the legislation a disgrace.

"This is just the typical partisanship in Washington," he said. "At both sides of the aisle - neither side should be happy looking themselves in the mirror."

Bloomberg wasn't the only dismayed politician. Anthony Weiner, New York's Democratic Representative, voted for the bill. He was enraged as he ripped apart non-supporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday night.

The bill would have provided free healthcare and compenstation payments to 9/11 rescue and recovery workers made ill by their work at the Trade Center site. Wednesday's 255-159 vote was largely along party lines, with twelve Republicans joining Democrats to support the measure.