Watch Jon Stewart blast Congress on behalf of 9/11 first responders
In a sparsely attended meeting addressing aid for 9/11 first responders, Jon Stewart blasted Congress for their “callous indifference.”
The former host of The Daily Show appeared in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to discuss reauthorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Stewart and multiple sick first responders gave emotional testimonies on why the fund should be extended, yet most of the committee seats were empty, leading Stewart to express frustration.
“I can’t help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting health care and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to,” Stewart said. “Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress.”
The Victim Compensation Fund, which provides funds for health care or family support to first responders who have grown ill or died due to toxic exposure during relief efforts around the 9/11 attacks, will stop taking claims by December 2020, according to the Washington Post. Meanwhile, the fund’s leadership said awards would be reduced because an increase in claims has led to “funding insufficiency.”
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