The former host of “The Daily Show” called lawmakers “shameful” over the 9/11 victims fund bill.
One day later, the bill, which is a reauthorization bill for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, has now been passed by the House Judiciary Committee.
The Victim Compensation Fund was established to help 9/11 first responders with illnesses or deaths caused by their exposure to substances at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, PA.
It was only funded for 5 years. Funds are dwindling, and this new bill is set to extend compensation to 2090.
Stewart Tells Lawmakers They Should be “Ashamed”
Jon Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 first responders health care coverage, arrived with 9/11 first responders to speak to lawmakers about the bill.
Stewart was disappointed to see that only a little over half of the committee was even present. He told them that they should be “ashamed” of themselves.
The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the bill, the day after Stewart’s emotional testimony. The bill, which would permanently reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, will now go to the floor for a full vote, where it is expected to pass.
It is unclear how the bill will do in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is being urged by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to bring the bill to the floor.