Angry Jon Stewart Pushes Lawmakers To Extended 9/11 Victims Fund

Jon Stewart joined a group of Sept. 11 first responders on Capitol Hill yesterday to push lawmakers to vote in favor of legislation replenishing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.  He spoke before the House Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, one day before the House was scheduled to vote on the Never Forget the Heroes Act. If passed, the act would refill the coffers of the fund and permanently extend it.  Stewart complained about how long it has taken for Congress to pass the legislation, which lawmakers introduced in February after it became clear the VCF was running out of money. One week earlier, the fund’s special master, Rupa Bhattacharyya, said he’d have to reduce payments by at least 50 percent after a record number of claims.  “I’m sorry if I sound angry and undiplomatic. But I’m angry, and you should be, too. And they’re all angry as well,” Stewart said of the first responders. “And they have every justification to be that way.  “They responded in 5 seconds. They did their jobs.  Eighteen years later, do yours!”

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