On Fox Business, Portman Discusses Trip to the Southern Border & Highlights His Support to 9/11 First Responders Bill

July 18, 2019 | Portman Difference

In an interview with Fox Business’s Varney & Company this morning, Senator Portman highlighted his recent visit to the southern border where he saw the humanitarian crisis firsthand and was able to talk with families and children about their experiences there.

Portman also expressed his belief that September 11, 2001 first responders should be provided with the medical assistance they need, and discussed his support for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund legislation.

Excerpts of his interview can be found below and a video can be found here:

PORTMAN ON HIS RECENT TRIP TO THE SOUTHERN BORDER:

“What I saw at the Donna processing facility, which is in the McAllen area, was families and children in a holding facility and they were being well taken care of. I talked to the families, I speak a little Spanish, as you know, and was able to speak with five or six of the families and a lot of the children who were watching cartoons, by the way, and had access to food and water and plenty of snacks. That’s a holding facility, that’s not a detention facility. But frankly, these children and these families were leaving that facility to go to a nonprofit that then was taking them into the country so they weren’t being detained anywhere else.”

PORTMAN ON GETTING 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS THE HELP THEY NEED:

“Well, we need to provide these 9/11 heroes with the help they need. We had people coming from Ohio and all over the country into New York after September 11 to deal with the crisis there, including urban search and rescue units and a number of them do have health care problems. We’ve got to get this bill passed. I think we will. The concern my colleagues have raised is more about the fact it is open-ended in terms of the funding. We want to be sure that we can deal with that issue and get it passed. I’m supportive of the legislation, as you know. I think they deserve our help. And I’m pretty confident we can get it done.”

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