Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) ripped a New York Times reporter for falsely accusing him of not sponsoring a 9/11 victims’ compensation bill.
Before the New York Times author deleted his tweet, he was also called out by another journalist, who questioned how he had missed that Crenshaw was a co-sponsor, despite it being so easy to find.
He deleted it. pic.twitter.com/8iDE0bBHmn
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 11, 2019
“This is a straight up lie,” Ian Miles Cheong tweeted. “Dan Crenshaw is a cosponsor [of] the 9/11 victim compensation fund act. It’s so easy to check!”
Crenshaw spoke up in response to slam the reporter for his lack of knowledge on the issue, also posting an x-ray of his skull after being injured in combat.
“Hey ‘journalist,’ maybe you should check your facts,” said Crenshaw. “I am a co-sponsor. Nice try though. Also, ‘patriotism.'”
Hey “journalist,” maybe you should check your facts. I am a co-sponsor. Nice try though.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 11, 2019
As IJR Blue previously reported, those testifying for the 9/11 bill were shocked to find that few members of Congress showed up to the hearing.
“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,” said John Stewart in his opening statement. “Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress.”
Jon Stewart testifies for September 11 Victim Compensation Fund: "Accountability doesn’t appear to be something that occurs in this chamber…I'm sorry if I sound angry and undiplomatic, but I am angry, and you should be too." pic.twitter.com/njxJzSmzSJ
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 11, 2019
Stewart also pointed out that the first responders present were dying and the members did not bother to show up, saying that they should feel bad.
“Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak, to no one — shameful,” Stewart continued, seemingly holding back tears. “It’s an embarrassment to the country, and it is a stain on this institution, and you should be ashamed of yourselves.”
Lawmakers have twice approved a bill that would help give compensation but had a five-year limit. Now lawmakers are attempting to extend the bill so it will cover a longer period of time.