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Comedian Jon Stewart lashes out at USA congress over 9/11 victims' fund

Jon Stewart appeared alongside former NYPD detective and 9/11 responder Luis Alvarez Jon Stewart appeared alongside former NYPD detective and 9/11 responder Luis Alvarez
Patty Aguilar | 15 June, 2019, 03:34

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.

Feal acknowledged sooner than the hearing began on Tuesday he approached Stewart and identified what he acknowledged change into obvious disinterest from some in the room, which helped top Stewart for the second when he acknowledged the comic and longtime recommend for the responders "articulated our danger and struggling".

"New York Mayor Bill de Blasio applauded the committee for passing the bill on the House, writing on Twitter that "'Never Forget' isn't a slogan, it's a promise".

Nadler said the five-year authorization was insufficient, arguing, "We know all too well that people who are sick now will only get sicker and many will die".

- The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to reauthorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Wednesday.

The current legislation, which was renewed in 2015 and has thus far provided $7.4 billion in funding, is set to expire in 2020.

"It is time for us to give responders and survivors peace of mind, once and for all, and pass this long-term reauthorization to ensure the VCF will be there for them as long as they need it", Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said. "Congress must act to manufacture that occur".

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Members said they supported the Bill and were monitoring the hearing amid other congressional business.

"Now that @HouseJudiciary has passed H.R. 1327 to #Renew911VCF, I put a query to to raise it to the Flooring for a vote sooner than the August district work length", Hoyer tweeted. The vote comes after the fund's administrator announced awards for pending and future claims would have to be cut unless Congress acted.

"In the 2 years after that, thru December 2018, practically 20,000 further compensation kinds were filed, with an further 7,700 compensation kinds filed to date in 2019".

The fund was opened by the federal government in 2011 to compensate for deaths and illnesses linked to toxic exposure at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after terrorists crashed four hijacked airliners on the morning of September 11, 2001.

The new bill would extend the program for decades, though a total cost is not yet clear. By the top of past year, many estimate that more folks will have died from toxic exposures than had been in actual fact killed within the attack.

The aftermath of the destruction from the 9/11 attacks has led to severe health impacts on first responders and recovery workers, including lung impairment and cancer, with thousands of death and injury claims. "But they are, and they're not here for themselves, they're here to continue fighting for what's right".

Stewart said in the listening to that these now not most up-to-date on the listening to ought to serene be "ashamed", and he informed CNN's Suzanne Malveaux after that Congress wants to fund the abet "indefinitely for the lives of these ladies and men and now not for five years".

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