Jon Stewart Speaks After 9/11 Victim Compensation Bill Passes

"We can never repay all that the 9/11 community has done for our country — but we can stop penalizing them and today is that day." This was Jon Stewart's heartfelt speech after the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund bill passed — extending funding for more than 70 years.

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.


07/24/2019 5:57 PM
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  • Brut
    07/24/2019 18:17

    Former NYPD detective and 9/11 first responder Luis Alvarez died of cancer at 53. This is his final testimony before Congress in his fight for the Victim Compensation Fund.

  • Candace B.
    07/24/2019 20:12

    Jon! Don't belittle what you have done! You ARE heroic!

  • C.J. S.
    07/25/2019 07:59

    How about the First Responders of the Deepwater Horizon British Petroleum oil disaster that we don't hear anything about God bless you we're looking at those folks but how about us Diamond south Louisiana Mississippi Alabama and Louisiana

  • Marta L.
    07/25/2019 08:34


  • Nick D.
    07/25/2019 12:00

    And that loser Schumer right next to him trying to benefit

  • Joyce A.
    07/25/2019 14:02

    Thank you, Jon.

  • Archie A.
    07/25/2019 14:26

    Finally got repukkkelican party to act like compassionate humans for one day

  • Michael S.
    07/26/2019 02:47

    This makes me sad

  • Rudy W.
    07/26/2019 14:31

    Go Jon Stewart you are defenetly A Real American Hero #1. USA American Citizen. Lov all your work for 9/11 heros.

  • Darrell R.
    07/26/2019 19:17

    And where do you suppose 2 billion dollars a year for 70 years is going to really go.....

  • Mary E.
    07/27/2019 12:18

    I miss Jon Stewart.

  • Steve B.
    07/27/2019 16:35

    Jon Stewart did good fighting for this cause. Glad he was a part of it.

  • Matt S.
    07/28/2019 04:01

    Ugh, 2 billion dollars for 70 years. Strapping their children with burden for a long time. I hope it goes to the people it is supposed to go to!!

  • Donna R.
    07/28/2019 04:31

    Well said

  • Linda G.
    07/28/2019 06:17

    Advocacy is not an easy gig! Even when it should have been a "no brainer!

  • Patti B.
    07/28/2019 12:12

    Thank you Jon. It’s about time they listened.

  • Charles P.
    07/28/2019 19:12

    Politicians up there like they had something to do with bill being passed! Both sat and did not use their pull to accomplish it! It was a cable tv comedian who pushed to make sure it passed!! Sit down chuckie your done go away!

  • Sharon B.
    07/28/2019 19:13

    I love Jon Stewart! Thank you!

  • Jean Z.
    07/28/2019 19:31

    Thanks so much Jon!!!❤️🇺🇸❤️

  • Vickie R.
    07/28/2019 22:32

    Thank you Jon.