A Tearful Jon Stewart Scolds Congress for Failure 9/11 Victims Fund Hearings, Lack of Action
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Bravo to Jon Stewart for delivering an epic and well-deserved beatdown to Washington lawmakers Tuesday. The former "Daily Show" host eviscerated Congress for their shamefully low attendance at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on reauthorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
The fund is set to expire in 2020, according to CNN, and the special master who runs it previously announced plans to cut payouts by between 50% and 70% to ensure all are paid.
"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," said Stewart. "Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress."
Several lawmakers on the committee did not even bother to show up for the hearing, and Stewart brutally scolded them for dishonoring the personal sacrifice that former 9/11 first responders made to appear.
"Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak to no one," he said, tearing up. "Shameful. It's an embarrassment to the country and it is a stain on this institution. And 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."
Check out the video of Stewart's comments below:
WIBC host Tony Katz discussed Stewart's appearance in today's Popcorn Moment.