Jon Stewart commended the Trump administration during an event to raise support for a bill that provides assistance to the first responders who risked their lives following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Following the attacks on September 11, Congress passed legislation that provided compensation and health care to the first responders who spent months in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero.
While first responders were working in the rubble of the Twin Towers, they were told by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the air was safe to breathe. It wasn’t.
Many developed lung cancers and other diseases from their exposure. Stewart joined first responders at the Capital to demand that Congress fully fund the health care of the first responders who have developed health issues as a result of their lifesaving work at Ground Zero.
He explained his mission during an interview with CNN on Monday.
Watch the video below:
Comedian Jon Stewart, who is in Washington to advocate for the protection of a 9/11 victims fund, says, “You don’t even have to really make a pitch because the moral argument is already there. It’s sort of incomprehensible” https://t.co/IeWPZxzQSk pic.twitter.com/qzhlhFPP0j
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 25, 2019
“It is our duty to these first responders and these survivors. They came down to the site as fast as they could, and they stayed there for months tenaciously searching, first as a rescue operation and then as a recovery operation. And they helped stabilize not just New York City, but the entire country during that time. And they were told by the government — the EPA specifically made an announcement that the air down there was safe, knowing full well that it was not anywhere near safe.”
Passing legislation to fully fund the health care of the first responders is the job of Congress — which is often in a state of dysfunction.
During a separate press event, Stewart explained that the executive branch under President Donald Trump is doing “excellent” work delivering for the first responders, even noting that its efficiency has caused a funding shortage because the claims are being processed rapidly. He called on Congress to step up and secure future funding for the program.
Jon Stewart says the Trump justice department is doing an excellent job processing the claims of 9/11 first responders. pic.twitter.com/SScpOmfcZu
— Alex Thomas (@AlexThomasDC) February 25, 2019
“The Trump Justice Department is doing an excellent job administrating this program. The claims are going through faster, and the awards are coming through. The Trump Justice Department — I don’t know about anything else, I’m not going to comment on anything else, but that’s why we’re in the problem that we’re in is the program works exactly like it’s supposed to. So now, it’s Congress’s job to fund it properly.”
The legislation to fully fund the first responders’ health care is expected to be introduced in both the House and the Senate on Monday.