WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Andy Harris, the Republican representing Maryland’s First District in Congress, is one of only 12 members of the House of Representatives to vote against adding $10 billion to the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund.

H.R. 1327 — Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act — passed the House Friday on a 402-12 vote.

The others voting against H.R. 1327 were 10 Republicans and one independent; 19 congressmen — 10 Republicans and nine Democrats — did not vote.

“Eleven of those who voted against the bill are conservative Republicans who sometimes oppose spending measures,” the New York Daily News reported. ”The move comes just weeks after Alvarez, an NYPD detective, died of cancer blamed on ground zero.”

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