Jon Stewart Pleads Congress to Aid 9/11 First Responders

"Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders — and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress." Listen to Jon Stewart's emotional plea to Congress — begging them to reauthorize funding for 9/11 first responders. 👇

Jon Stewart Fighting for the Rights of First Responders

Jon Stewart returned to television just as he left his cult like audience: sitting behind a desk, eagerly clicking his pen as he prudently made an argument and demanded justice. It could’ve easily been a monologue aired on a favorite episode of “The Daily Show.” Pretty close. But instead of Comedy Central, Stewart appeared on our screens through C-SPAN. In its place of hilarity, he implanted desolation; his one-liners now wounding our hearts rather than our funny bone. He’s still furious as ever, but he’s moved from the peanut gallery into the front of the 9/11 recovery conversation.

Jon Stewart is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, activist, political commentator, actor, and television host. He hosted The Daily Show, a satirical news program on Comedy Central, from 1999 to 2015. Jon Stewart blasted members of congress for failing to permanently fund healthcare programs for 9/11 first responders and for not even showing up to the hearing.

The political comedian’s post-retirement living, his appearance in center view of Congress may have been unexpected but not utterly predictable. Since leaving television in 2015, Stewart has pursued a passion project to secure health coverage and benefits for the surviving 9/11 first responders, many of whom have been afflicted with cancer and disease in the almost a score after breathing in the toxic fumes of the wreckage. The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which supplies first responders with healthcare, is set to terminate next year. It should be a stain on all of us that these heroes could die without the help or care that they need.

Stewart knows this. But he knows who shares the load of the blame, too.


06/11/2019 9:50 PMupdated: 06/11/2019 9:54 PM
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  • Cary L.
    06/11/2019 21:52

    He loves to hear himself talk

  • Sardar M.
    06/11/2019 21:55

    First let’s find out who did 9/11, you will insult my intelligence if you say the Muslims did

  • Dennis M.
    06/11/2019 21:56

    Talk, there are those of us that ARE listening, thank you Jon...

  • Marjorie S.
    06/11/2019 22:02


  • Brut
    06/11/2019 22:06

    This 9/11 first responder will never forget that day — but his work at ground zero left him with more than just horrific memories.

  • Fabrice D.
    06/11/2019 22:08

    This Congress is an embarrassment!!!!

  • Lana L.
    06/11/2019 22:12

    They need a medical excuse for not callin in . And their pay should be docked if they can’t hand in a valid excuse. Happens in the real world

  • Diana M.
    06/11/2019 22:13

    Proud of Jon for continuing the fight

  • Justin S.
    06/11/2019 22:28

    Guy is a class act

  • John G.
    06/11/2019 22:37

    This shouldn't have ever needed to be said. Thank you Jon Stewart for speaking on their behalf, hopefully it didn't fall on deaf ears...

  • Wayne G.
    06/11/2019 22:47

    🙏🏿☀️🙏🏿This is disgusting on a super high level 🙏🏿☀️🙏🏿

  • Derek L.
    06/11/2019 23:05

    Free money for doing there job ha

  • Brian S.
    06/11/2019 23:19

    Scum bags

  • Robert S.
    06/11/2019 23:23

    John Stewart just delivered very powerful , yet emotional take down of Congress for not showing up for the 911 first responders, and they damn sure deserve it too !

  • John H.
    06/11/2019 23:29

    Let’s get a list of those that are absent.

  • Alex G.
    06/11/2019 23:39

    Wheres the trump tweet about this?

  • Bene M.
    06/11/2019 23:39

    Give the names of the absents

  • David M.
    06/11/2019 23:46

    All seats are up for grabs in 2020. Now is your chance America to put up or shut up. Get rid of them all

  • Bobbie U.
    06/11/2019 23:53


  • Peter P.
    06/11/2019 23:56

    Must be the democrats that are AWOL for this meeting.