Published: Wed, June 12, 2019

Jon Stewart, in a Heated Speech, Slammed Congress' 'Disrespect' for 9/11 Victims

Jon Stewart, in a Heated Speech, Slammed Congress' 'Disrespect' for 9/11 Victims

Comedian and actor Jon Stewart joined a group of Sept. 11 first responders on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to push lawmakers to vote in favor of legislation replenishing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

"Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak to no one", he continued.

Alvarez said he had survived 68 rounds of chemotherapy to fight 9/11-related cancer and would start his next round Wednesday.

"While I know it can be frustrating watching a body as large as the U.S. Congress work its will, when we do act, we can bring tremendous resources and the strength of the entire federal government to bear on a problem and can improve the lives of so many", Nadler said.

"There is not a person here-there is not an empty chair on that stage that didn't tweet out 'Never forget the heroes of 9/11, never forget their bravery, never forget what they did, what they gave to this country, '" he said. In February this year, however, it was determined that funding for the VCF would be insufficient to pay all pending and projected claims.

He admitted, "I'm sorry if I sound angry and undiplomatic".

In recent years, more and more 9/11 first responders have been diagnosed with illnesses that have been linked to their participation in rescue and recovery efforts following the September 11 attacks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

STRONG WORDS from Jon Stewart as he slammed Congress on Tuesday for their lack of empathy and seeming indifference about the 9/11 first responders, many of whom are now suffering from ailing health. "Where are they?" asked Stewart. The fund paid out $7 billion in damages when it originally operated from 2001 to 2003, was reopened in 2011 and extended for another five years in 2015.


Stewart was disgusted by the small number of members assembled for Tuesday's hearing, calling the showing an "embarrassment to this country" and a "stain on this institution".

"They responded in five seconds, they did their jobs with courage, grace, tenacity and humility".

She said the fund only has a little over $2 billion left with more than 21,000 claims and amendments still needing a decision. He's since become one of the most vocal advocates for 9/11 responders, repeatedly defending the right to health care coverage for those who responded and ran toward the falling towers.

Both Democrats and Republicans have said they would support a bill that extends the fund.

Jimmy Kimmel, a popular comedian and host of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", praised Stewart on Twitter, writing: "thank you Jon Stewart, for making sure "never forget" isn't just a nice-sounding slogan". "I can't recall being so moved by testimony as I was today", Johnson said.

"All these empty chairs, that's because it's for the full committee".

At points during his speech, Stewart was forced to pause and gather himself due to the emotional gravity of his words.

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