"My life isn't worth more than the next responder to get cancer". Shameful! It's an embarrassment to the country and it's a stain on this institution.
"You should be ashamed of yourselves, for those that aren't here", he said.
The former "Daily Show" host has for years championed the cause of the survivors of the September 11 terror attacks, calling attention to the diseases contracted by first responders and others who breathed in the smoke from the Twin Towers.More news: Kyle Rudolph To Sign 4-Year, $36M Contract Extension With Vikings
Local, state and federal officials have rallied around the Never Forget the Heroes act, which would provide funding for the victim fund through fiscal year 2090. "Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders; and in front of me, a almost empty Congress". "I should not be here with you, but you made me come". During his scorching testimony, Stewart blasted the committee and Congress at large for their "callous indifference and rank hypocrisy". He's since become one of the most vocal advocates for 9/11 responders, repeatedly defending the right to health care coverage for those who responded and ran toward the falling towers.
"Your indifference cost these men and women their most valuable commodity: time", Stewart said at one point. In 2015, the fund was allocated $7.375 billion to give out over the next five years.
The fund has faced recent financial problems, including a spike in the number of claims ahead of its December 2020 expiration date.
With more than 19,000 additional unpaid claims, the fund is running out of money, and Bhattacharyya, the special master, announced that pending claims, including those received before February 1, will be paid at 50 percent of their prior value.More news: Freed US resident blasts Iran over detention
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the committee would vote Wednesday on a bill to extend the program, and Republicans publicly pledged to support it.
"Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders and in front of me, a almost empty Congress".
"I cried through all of it, most of us did", Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., told Stewart.
"Why this bill is not unanimous consent is beyond my comprehension", Stewart admonished.More news: So close you can count its moons
Stewart was joined not only by 9/11 survivors and first responders, but also the widow of a construction worker who responded at Ground Zero, clutching a photo of her late husband to her chest as she spoke. It's not because of disrespect or lack of attention to you.