Jon Stewart berates Congress over lack of funding for 9/11 victims

Video: Jon Stewart Urges Congress to Approve 9/11 Victim Fund

The sparse attendance by lawmakers was "an embarrassment to the country and a stain on this institution", Stewart said, adding that the "disrespect" shown to first responders now suffering from respiratory ailments and other illnesses "is utterly unacceptable". The former "Daily Show" host slammed government officials for their lack of concern about 9/11 first responders' health.

"I can't help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is. a filled room of 9/11 first responders and in front of me, a almost empty Congress".

The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday which will permanently reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Two local Pennsylvania lawmakers were part of the vote to move the bill forward.

Stewart blasted the committee on Tuesday in a speech that accused lawmakers of failing to make the health and well-being of 9/11 first responders a priority. "Eighteen years later, create yours".

"You all said you would never forget".

How did we gain right here?


As a lot as 80,000 folk - including firemen, police officers, emergency workers, contractors and cleansing workers - are believed to dangle rushed to the back of victims in the aftermath of 9/11.

In doing so, many uncovered themselves to toxic debris within the air, including asbestos, lead, and pulverized concrete, which causes silicosis.

"We will reach the point soon, most likely this year, when more will have died from 9/11-related illnesses than on 9/11 itself", Schumer said Wednesday.

Luis Alvarez, a veteran and retired NYPD detective, was one of those who spoke at the hearing.

"We have all been through this too repeatedly to no longer be skeptical", Stewart acknowledged. "It's there to give for our families after we won't". This fresh VCF disbursed over $7bn (£6.2bn) to families of more than 2,880 folks that died and for 2,680 injured.

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The act handed regardless of efforts from Congressional Republicans to dam it.

The victims who rely on the funding have praised Stewart for his tireless advocacy for their welfare.

Some credit him with its eventual approval after then President Barack Obama signed it into legislation in 2011.

Although it became within the starting build accredited to accept claims until October 2016, the fund's time limit became later extended until December 2020.

A total of $7.38bn used to be appropriated for this second iteration of the VCF.

The build are we now?

. The vote comes after the fund's administrator launched awards for pending and future claims would must be lower unless Congress acted.

Mr Bhattacharyya acknowledged the VCF purchased a document different of recent claims purchased in 2018, and is already no longer astray to surpass that number this year.

In the critical five years of the fund, up till 31 December, 2016, roughly 19,000 compensation forms were filed, Mr Bhattacharyya acknowledged.

"In the two years after that, thru December 2018, practically 20,000 additional compensation kinds had been filed, with an additional 7,700 compensation kinds filed to this level in 2019".

The spike in claims has left the VCF at threat of a big funding shortfall. A particular amount has now not yet been disbursed.



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