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Jon Stewart Hits Capitol to Push 9/11 Responder Benefits

Former host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, may be sharp-tongued, but he cares deeply for the first responders who saved countless lives on 9/11. He stormed Capitol Hill on Thursday, pushing lawmakers to renew legislation to provide benefits for first responders.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid attacked Republicans on Tuesday for excluding first responder benefits from the infrastructure bill, leaving the benefit package homeless and without a major bill to attach to.

“I am disappointed,” Reid told reporters. “It’s something that these people deserve, and I was told what we’re going to do it on the omnibus [spending bill]. And now, I was told later in the day that they want to do it on the tax extenders.
“So, I don’t know what their 9/11 idea of the day is — I should say the hour.”

The Hill reports:

The former “Daily Show” host could be seen alongside a cameraman, as well as firefighters and police officers, buttonholing lawmakers in the Capitol basement to push for renewal of the legislation, parts of which expired last month.

Unless Congress acts by the end of the year, funds for health benefits under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act will start to dwindle, potentially leaving people hurt during the attacks out in the cold.

The law has been a pet project for Stewart, who also came to Capitol Hill in September to push for its extension. At the time, he met with Senate Democrats in an unsuccessful attempt to propel the bill forward.

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