9/11 victim Fund bill passes House Judiciary Committee, a day after Jon Stewart’s fiery testimony

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Jon Stewart rips Congress over 9/11 victims funding

The House Judiciary Committee passed a reauthorization bill for the 9/11 victims’ Compensation Fund on Wednesday, a day after the comedian Jon Stewart, legislators sharply criticized because of a hearing on the bill.

The bill will now be passed to the head on the House floor, where it is expected to, although there are concerns about whether Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., you take, if it makes it through the house. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said he was begging”, to ask, to beg” McConnell the bill to the floor as soon as he goes in the house.

Stewart, the former host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and a longtime advocate for the 9/11 first responders and their families, called the sparse participation of legislators, “an embarrassment for the country and a stain on the institution” of Congress. He added that the lack of respect shown to first responders now suffer from respiratory and other illnesses “is completely unacceptable.”



Stewart continued his action later in the day, during an interview with Fox News’ Shepherd Smith.

“It drove me crazy,” the comedian said after he was asked by Smith about the empty seats he saw on the hill. “You always said it is a” sub-sub-Committee.’ There are still people on the sub-sub-Committee, is not here.

“Either, 9/11 was a priority, or he was not. But their actions have, at some point you have to fit your tweets and your words. Today, this is not it.

The collapse of the World Trade Center in September 2001, sent a cloud of thick dust billowing over Lower Manhattan. The fire burned for weeks. Thousands of construction workers, police officers, firefighters, and others spent time in the soot, often without adequate respiratory protection.

In the years since, many have seen their health decline, and some with respiratory or digestive system diseases, appeared almost immediately, others with diseases that developed as they aged, including cancer.


More than 40,000 people applied to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which includes diseases that may be in connection with a on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, or Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after the attacks. More than 5 billion dollars in benefits were awarded filed a $7.4 billion Fund, with approximately 21,000 claims.

Stewart and other speakers on Tuesday lamenting the fact that almost 18 years after the attacks, the forces and their families still have no assurance the Fund will not run out of money. The Ministry of justice said in February that the Fund will be exhausted, and that the social benefits are reduced by up to 70 percent.

Fox News’ Charles Creitz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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