House to vote on care for those sickened by water

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina congressman is speaking in support of a bill that provides medical care for Camp Lejeune Marines and their relatives who could have been sickened by drinking water contaminated with toxins linked to cancers and organ damage.

Democratic Rep. Brad Miller said Tuesday on the House floor that the Janey Ensminger Act provides some measure of justice for those harmed by the water. The bill his named for a girl who died of leukemia at age 9. Her father, retired Marine Jerry Ensminger, has led the fight to get care for those suffering.

The House is scheduled to vote on the bill later Tuesday. The U.S. Senate has already approved the bill, which would cover those who lived or worked at Lejeune from 1957 to 1987.

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