Jon Stewart delivered an emotional testimony in front of congress on Tuesday, calling out legislators for not showing up to a hearing on reauthorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Less than 24 hours later, a House Panel has passed a bill to offer additional funding.
The former host of “The Daily Show” expressed his anger on Tuesday over the turnout with the fund set to be heavily reduced. “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,” he said before Congress while 9/11 first responders sat alongside him. “They did their jobs, with courage and grace, tenacity, humility. Eighteen years later, do yours”.
Watch Jon Stewart’s speech slamming Congress for its inaction supporting 9/11 victims and first responders.
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Former NYPD bomb squad detective Luis Alvarez provided one of many testimonies along with Stewart. Alvarez is set to undergo his 69th round of chemotherapy.
Retired NYPD detective Luis Alvarez, a 9/11 first responder and cancer patient, receives a standing ovation for testimony calling on Congress to fund 9/11 health care bill: “You all said you would never forget. Well, I’m here to make sure that you don’t” https://t.co/CFdzczE0fE pic.twitter.com/MwXwdLkpsp
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Congressman Peter King, who was apart of the committee hearing, joined Bernie & Sid in the Morning on Wednesday to discuss the victim compensation fund and Jon Stewart’s testimony.
The fund was set to expire in 2020, but following an emotional plea, a House panel has passed a bill to authorize additional funding for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund until 2090.