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McConnell Guarantees Benefits for 9/11 First Responders

Jon Stewart’s extensive lobbying efforts for 9/11 first responders have paid off.

Sen. Mitch McConnell caved in on Friday and promised to renew health benefits to them.

“Everybody’s for it. It’s going to be included,” he said.

The Hill reports:

The bill will be tied up in the current budget negotiations over the next spending bill. Congress passed a short-term bill on Friday to keep the government open through Wednesday.

Stewart has drawn attention to the legislation for first responders in a series of media appearances and Capitol Hill demonstrations.

He singled out McConnell in an appearance on “The Daily Show” on Monday, accusing the Kentucky lawmaker of caring about little “other than politics.”

The comedian also made a pitch for the first responders on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” impersonating Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump in order to get the media’s attention.

“These 9/11 first responders, let me tell you something, these 9/11 first responders are the most top-notch, first-class, diamond-encrusted heroes American can produce,” Stewart said as “Trump.” “I will build a wall around politics, and I will make politics pay for it.”

New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand brought New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to the Senate on Thursday to discuss the plight of the first responders.

Proponents of the legislation say 33,000 first responders and 9/11 victims have medical conditions as a result of the terrorist attacks.

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