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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.

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06/11/2019 9:50 PMupdated: 06/11/2019 9:54 PM

18 comments

  • Laura H.
    06/16/2019 18:09

    Sin duda un valiente y conmovedor discurso que quisieramos todos en nuestro rincón del mundo tener a alguien como este caballero. Es triste saber que la injusticia hacia ese tipo de personas se da en todo el mundo. Bendiciones a todos !

  • Shobhit S.
    06/16/2019 06:38

    Anvesh Gupta... Even fucking USA isn't great anymore... Sab madarchod hain.

  • Amano M.
    06/15/2019 23:57

    Why does 2 collapsed building caused these heroes to be so sick ? It's an office building and not he Chernobyl.

  • Nithin N.
    06/15/2019 13:01

    They only need equality over there

  • C V.
    06/15/2019 11:14

    That's solid true firebrand patriotism

  • Ijeoma N.
    06/15/2019 00:38

    Shame on them

  • Andrea M.
    06/14/2019 20:02

    He is just a celebrity, using his star power to help the common man!! Unlike our celebrities who want selfies and interviews with a government that suppress human rights.

  • Sirsendu R.
    06/14/2019 17:41

    What a speech..... Great man

  • Alexander J.
    06/14/2019 17:01

    He is a Republican waiting for the Democrats to come

  • Rakshit C.
    06/14/2019 14:01

    "this should be flipped" 😢

  • Keanoa K.
    06/14/2019 12:37

    So...some desh virodhi speeches reached to America from India... By the way very brave speech from that gentleman

  • Percy P.
    06/14/2019 11:29

    It is the same across the world. Politicians think they are God. They forget that they are servants of the public

  • Loka S.
    06/14/2019 10:49

    How sad 😓

  • Akhil P.
    06/14/2019 09:26

    This guy pour his heart out in his speech. His pain to injustice was so emotional. We need voice like him in India too to talk about real issues.

  • Protick M.
    06/14/2019 08:36

    It proves where ever you go politicians remain the same, the asshole type, they trade human sufferings, emotions for vote bank. deep down they care only for themselves

  • Ammulya S.
    06/14/2019 07:16

    Who is this MAN....WE NEED PEOPLE LIKE HIM TO VOICE THE CORE WORKING CLASS OF SOCIETY.....GOD BLESS YOU

  • Saket B.
    06/14/2019 07:10

    Chills

  • Susanne T.
    06/14/2019 07:08

    Says all about the state the USA are in, doesn't it! A lot of empty "grand, gorgeous, genius" words, but when it comes to DOING something - nothing.

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