Congressional Committee Approves Bill the Day After Stewart Called Them Out
- The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the 9/11 Compensation Fund one day after Jon Stewart ripped the committee for its “indifference” to the men and women who were first responders at the scene of 9/11.
- The last authorization for the fund provided $7.4 billion for health claims made by first responders. As of February 2019, only $2.4 billion remained. Money is expected to run out soon without reauthorization.
- The vote came a day after former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, a long time advocate for 9/11 first responders, shamed the committee for what appeared to be an empty subcommittee room to hear the first responders’ case.
“Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress. Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak. To no one. … You should be ashamed of yourselves for those that aren’t here, but you won’t be because accountability doesn’t appear to be something that occurs in this chamber.”Jon Stewart during his speech on Tuesday
- The committee responsible for the hearing was a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee: the Subcommittee of the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
- Twelve of the committee’s 14 members were there Tuesday to hear Stewart’s speech.
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