Jon Stewart Makes Tearful Plea For Sick 9/11 Heroes: ‘You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourselves’

After an emotional speech made by Jon Stewart made an impassioned speech advocating for healthcare for 9/11 first responders. After the emotional speech was widely circulated, the bill which had permanently authorized the 9/11 first responders Victim Compensation Fund, has unanimously passed out of the House Judiciary Committee.  

According to the New York Post, only Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and four subcommittee members were present for the testimony given by several 9/11 first responders.

Outraged, Stewart stated, “It’s an embarrassment to the country and a stain on the institution and you should be ashamed of yourselves, for those who aren’t here, but you won’t be because accountability doesn’t appear to be something that occurs in this chamber.”

The bill needs to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office before it can be voted in the House, however, it’s still expected to pass, since the legislation has 313 bipartisan co-sponsors.

Nadler said, “That five-year reauthorization was not nearly enough. People are still getting sick as diseases like cancer emerge after long latency periods. Those already sick are getting sicker, and tragically, many are dying and have died.”

One of the results of the World Trade Center collapse was the thousands of tons of toxic debris spreading across Lower Manhattan, most of which were highly carcinogenic and harmful. A 2011 report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimated that approximately 18,000 people were affected by toxic dust on September 11, 2001.

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