The power of Jon Stewart should never be underestimated.
Courtesy of the New York Post:
The bill that permanently authorizes the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund passed out of the House Judiciary Committee unanimously on Wednesday.
The move comes a day after former “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart shamed members of a Judiciary subcommittee, as only Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and four subcommittee members were present for testimony from 9/11 first responders.
They included Luis Alvarez, a retired NYPD detective who was about to begin his 69th round of chemotherapy for liver cancer. There are 14 members of the subcommittee.
“It’s an embarrassment to the country and a stain on the institution and you should be ashamed of yourselves, for those who aren’t here, but you won’t be because accountability doesn’t appear to be something that occurs in this chamber,” Stewart said Tuesday.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), will likely need to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office before it can get a full vote in the House, but is expected to pass, as the legislation has 313 bipartisan co-sponsors.
I have to say that if I had a cause that I cared deeply about I would do everything in my power to get Jon Stewart to advocate for it.
The man is amazing, and what he did for those 9/11 first responders is nothing short of a miracle.
Before he sat down before this committee there was little to no hope that there would be a permanent fund to assist them with their medical needs.
For those of you living in a cave here was Stewart’s testimony on Tuesday.