Jon Stewart excoriates Congress for their lack of support for 9-11 first responders.

By |2019-06-11T10:55:43-08:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

Courtesy of WaPo:

Comedian Jon Stewart took members of Congress to task on Tuesday, blasting the House Judiciary Committee for its low attendance at a hearing to discuss reauthorizing the Sept. 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Congress created the fund after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to help anyone injured or sickened in the attacks or in the response process.

“As I sit here today, I can’t help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting health care and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to,” Stewart told a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. “Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress.”

The firefighters, police officers and others came to the hearing despite illness and injuries, Stewart said, but some members of the committee chose not to show up. The first responders attended the hearing to advocate for the financial compensation they are due, Stewart said.

“I’m sorry if I sound angry and undiplomatic,” said Stewart, the former host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. “But I’m angry and you should be, too.”

“There is not a person here — there is not an empty chair on that stage that didn’t tweet out, ‘never forget the heroes of 9/11; never forget their bravery; never forget what they did, what they gave to this country,’” Stewart said, then motioned to the crowd of first responders behind him. “Well, here they are.”

Stewart did not speak from a written statement, like many who appear in front of committees tend to do. At times, the former late-night host raised his voice. He came close to crying. He begged the committee to take their issues seriously.

“They responded in five seconds — they did their jobs. With courage, grace, tenacity, humility,” Stewart said, tearing up and dropping his pen onto the desk. “… Eighteen years later, do yours.”

Man, I have missed Jon Stewart almost as much as I miss Barack Obama. 

I remember when he came back on the air after 9-11 and how he was the first person to make me feel that everything would be alright. 

And here he is 18 years later trying to make sure that he was not wrong about that. 

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  1. Anonymous June 11, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    This is typical Government treatment by Republicans. Ban The Bible Nonsense, Make America The Envy of the World.

  2. Paradise Lost June 11, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    “I mentioned the term when I was in California at the worst forest fires anyone has ever seen.” “And I said you need forest management, but they did not know what I’m talking about. They smiled and laughed and it turned out I was right,” “Now you’re doing a lot of work on that whole subject for forest management and you’ll see a big difference in the not-too-distant future,” Trump promised.

    • Anonymous June 11, 2019 at 8:57 pm

      That guy is so fucking crazy! And that idiot controls the nuclear launch codes?

      Sleep tight, America.

  3. Georgeanne Wilcox June 12, 2019 at 3:13 am

    It was a SUB committee with only 14 members, many of whom did attend the meeting just not sit through it all. Nothing but grand standing by Stewart. His heart is in the right place but for fuck’s sake he either knew about the true facts of the committee or he is stupid. I think the latter is more likely and his ridiculous posturing does nothing to advance his cause. The bill will be passed no matter if he had shown up or not.

  4. Beaglemom June 12, 2019 at 4:02 am

    I remember how the Bush administration used 9/11 as its backdrop for everything since the day itself yet refused to acknowledge the environmental damage that cost many of the responders their lives or their futures. And, for years, opposed any relief to those who had saved lives and found bodies. The GOP didn’t just become evil; it’s been that way for quite some time now.

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