Jon Stewart blasts Congress over 9/11 fund hearing

Jon Stewart ripped lawmakers for not showing up to 9/11 first responders hearing. Stewart is a long-time advocate for first responders. He spoke in front of the House Judiciary Committee on reauthorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

"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 said.

Many lawmakers did not show up for the hearing, leaving the committee room almost empty.

"Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress," Stewart said.

"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."

Brittany Jennings


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