During a hearing for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund on Tuesday, comedian Jon Stewart, a passionate defender of the funding for the heroes that were willing to sacrifice their lives during the tragedy of 9/11, was given the turnout coat of FDNY legend Ray Pfeifer, who died from 9/11 induced cancer in 2017.
“I don’t deserve this but I will treasure it like I treasured Ray and our friendship,” said Stewart, who had previously joined sickened first responders and other protestors in Washington D.C. to ask Congress to allocate more funds to the nearly empty 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.
“As I sit here today, I can’t help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting health care and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to,” Stewart said, according to Fox Business. He continued, holding back tears and disgusted by the fact that many members of the House Judiciary Committee did not even bother to show up, “behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress. Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak to no one.”
Later, retired NYPD Detective Lou Alvarez, who has stage four colon cancer, also testified, “you all said you would never forget, well I’m here to make sure that you don’t.”
Over 20,000 claims of 9/11 induced illness have been made. Many of these are for the first responders, and therefore government employees, that did their jobs that day.
The House unanimously passed the bill, a day after Jon Stewart’s fiery testimony.
In a sea of corrupt politicians, Jon Stewart, and the heros behind him, stand for what is great in this nation. DC politics will never, unfortunately, measure up to that.