Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) weighed in on Jon Stewart’s comments about his handling of the funding for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund (VCF), assuring the comedian that he will ensure it is fully funded.
During an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning, McConnell was asked for his reaction to Stewart’s comments on “Fox News Sunday” a day earlier, where he claimed that the Senate majority leader “has always held out until the very last minute” on reauthorizing the 9/11 VCF.
“This has never been dealt with compassionately by Senator McConnell,” Stewart said. “He has always held out until the very last minute, and only then — under intense lobbying and public shaming — has he even deigned to move on it.”
McConnell responded to Stewart’s claims by saying that “many things” come at the last minute in Congress and that lawmakers have “never failed to address” the issue of VCF funding.
“And we will address it again,” McConnell proclaimed. “I don’t know why he’s all bent out of shape.”
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“We will take care of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund,” McConnell continued.
The Senate majority leader was then pressed on the low number of members present at the House Judiciary subcommittee hearing about the VCF, to which he responded by saying that low turnout at committee hearings “frequently happens” as lawmakers often “have a lot of things going on at the same time” and that it “sounds to [him] like [Stewart] is looking for some way to take offense.”
“There’s no way we won’t address this problem appropriately,” McConnell added. “We have in the past, and we will again.”
McConnell’s comments came after an emotional House Judiciary subcommittee hearing last week on the VCF during which Stewart called out House members for not being present.
As IJR Blue previously reported, Stewart blasted lawmakers for skipping out on the hearing, saying that their lack of presence in front of the first responders who came to Washington to testify before them was “an embarrassment” and a “stain on this institution.”