WASHINGTON — Former late night time host and 9-11 first responders advocate Jon Stewart choked up Tuesday while slamming Congress over well being look after responders to the September eleven terrorist assaults.
“As I sit here right now, I can’t help however assume, what an unimaginable metaphor this room is for the whole process that getting health care and benefits for Sept. 11 first responders has come to,” Stewart stated during a Home Judiciary Committee hearing on reauthorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
Many lawmakers on the panel did not show up for the listening to, leaving the committee room principally empty.
“Behind me, a crammed room of Sept. 11 first responders, and in entrance of me, an almost empty Congress,” Stewart stated.
He slammed these absent members of Congress for disrespecting the private sacrifice that former Sept. 11 first responders made to seem earlier than them.
“Sick and dying, they introduced themselves down here to talk to nobody,” he stated, tearing up. “Shameful. It’s a humiliation to the country and it is a stain on this institution. And you have to be ashamed of yourselves for people who aren’t here. However you gained’t be, as a result of accountability doesn’t look like something that happens in this chamber.”
The fund is about to expire in 2020, and the special grasp who runs it beforehand introduced plans to cut payouts by between 50% and 70% to make sure all are paid. The fund paid out $7 billion in damages when it originally operated from 2001 to 2003, was reopened in 2011 and extended for an additional 5 years in 2015.
New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney launched legislation in February to fund the program completely.
Stewart on Tuesday addressed some lawmakers’ obvious hesitancy to increase the bill.
In the course of the listening to, he recalled how he used to get indignant on the injustices the primary responders faced, comparable to having “one other enterprise card thrown our approach as a method of shooing us away like youngsters trick or treating, fairly than the heroes that they’re and can all the time be.”
Late New York City Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, who died from terminal most cancers in 2017 because of his rescue missions at Ground Zero, “would say, ‘Settle down, Jon, settle down, I’ve received all the playing cards I want.’ And he would tap his pocket,” Stewart stated, turning into visibly emotional and pausing to compose himself, “where he stored the prayer cards of 343 firefighters.”
He accused members of Congress of betraying first responders by failing to back up their public statements with real legislative motion.
“There’s not a person here, there’s not an empty chair on that stage, that didn’t tweet out, ‘Always remember the heroes of 9/11,’ ” Stewart stated.
“Properly, here they’re! And the place are they?”
“Your indifference value these women and men their most respected commodity — time!” he stated.
Taking a second to compose himself once more, Stewart added, “it’s the one factor they’re operating out…