Jon Stewart Blasts Congress over Funding for 9/11 Responders

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 13, 2019

The Never Forget the Heroes Act, approved by the judiciary committee, will ensure that Congress will keep providing money to the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, which has been running out cash.

"I think the efforts of Jon Stewart, the responders, and survivors who have been working the halls are all coming to fruition", Ben Chevat, the head of 9/11 advocacy group Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act, told the Daily News. The bill will guarantee support for sick first responders and survivors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks until 2090, but it still needs to pass the House and Senate.

"I'm pretty sure what's going to happen five years from now, more of these men and women are going to get sick and they are going to die and I am awfully exhausted of hearing that it's a 9/11New York issue", Mr Stewart said.

"In the days following the attack, a problem arose", Nadler explained, "The EPA insisted, contrary to ample evidence, that the air in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn was 'safe to breathe.' That was a lie". That's more claims than in the first five years of the fund combined - when only 19,000 claims were filed. The fund has seen a significant rise in claims in the past two years - over 24,000 claims in 2017, 2018 and January 2019.

The current law was renewed in 2015 and is set to expire in 2020. Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak. "Almost 11,000 responders and survivors have been diagnosed with cancer to date, a number which will only go up". It's unclear whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will take up the bill in the Senate, although Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Wednesday that he was "imploring, pleading, even begging" McConnell to bring the bill to the floor as soon as it passes in the House.

Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., predicted the bill will pass with overwhelming support and said lawmakers meant no disrespect as they moved in and out of the subcommittee hearing, a common occurrence on Capitol Hill. "We are done with that", he said, urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to put the bill on the floor as soon as the House passes it. "I'll have to.We've always dealt with that [VCF] in the past in a compassionate way, and I assume we will again". "They kept saying it's a 'sub-subcommittee.' There's still people on the sub-subcommittee that aren't here. Now, the federal government must bear the burden to care for and support all people affected by the September 11th attacks and their aftermath".

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