The health care and continued support of first responders should be one issue that all Americans unanimously agree on. Especially when those first responders were on the scene of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. And yet, apparently, this is something the Congress has fought over for years.
Enter Jon Stewart, the legendary host of the Daily Show and a passionate advocate for 9/11 first responders. Today, he testified before the Congressional Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights. There, he gave an impassioned speech about the failings of Congress to protect these men and women. You don’t want to miss it.
Jon Stewart testifies for September 11 Victim Compensation Fund: "Accountability doesn’t appear to be something that occurs in this chamber…I'm sorry if I sound angry and undiplomatic, but I am angry, and you should be too." pic.twitter.com/njxJzSmzSJ
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 11, 2019
Stewart was fighting on behalf of 9/11 first responders, who had come to Congress seeking an extension on their victims’ compensation fund. These public servants continue to struggle with breathing issues, cancer, and other complications from their heroic actions on that day.
“They responded in five seconds. They did their job with courage, grace, tenacity, humility…” Stewart said, choking back tears as he did so.
The comedian was upset not only by the plight of the men and women behind him, but the sea of empty seats in front of him. He felt like the members of the committee were not giving the first responders their proper respect.
“I can’t help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is for this entire process getting health care and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to — behind me is a filled room of 9/11 first responders and in front of me a nearly empty Congress,” he said.