Even though Jon Stewart left “The Daily Show” a few years ago, he still serves as an unofficial ombudsman of American decency.
That role is no better defined than in his continued advocacy on the behalf of 911 survivors and the families of the people that lost their lives.
Steward said to Congress in testimony that went absolutely viral last week that Al-Qaeda didn’t just take down Tribeca, but they charged at America, and these men and women and their response to it are what brought the country back.
He added that they did their jobs with courage, grace, tenacity, and humility, so now, 18 years later, the Congressmen should do theirs.
Stewart has been using his celebrity status and influence in order to pressure Congress into renewing the 911 Survivors Fund, which provides medical support for people affected by the incidents that took place on September 11, 2001. A House panel finally took action this week after straight up giving it to members of Congress for their disgraceful refusal to renew the bill.
The Press Herald reports that the $7.3 billion fund has paid around $5 billion to around 21,000 claimants. However, upwards of 19,000 claims remain unpaid.
The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee unanimously, and it’s expected to pass the House before heading over to the U.S. Senate, where it faces a less certain fate under the Republican-controlled body.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reacted to the House vote by importing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take action. He said that we’ve lost more people from 9/11 illnesses than on 9/11 itself will be most likely be reached this year, and he called out McConnell that this is not politics, and it’s not a game. These are our, American heroes, who need their help, and he said that he was “imploring, pleading, even begging” to Leader McConnell to put the bill on the floor immediately after it passes the house.
And in reality, is there anything less politically controversial than providing health care for the first responders on the scene on September 11, 2001?