Everyone seriously needs to stop and watch Jon Stewart’s incredible speech before a Congressional committee regarding funding for 9/11 first responders.
Less than half the committee bothered to show up for the hearing, and an emotional Stewart lambasts those there in front of the cameras.
Congress loves to say “Never Forget,” but they forgot to show up.
WATCH: Jon Stewart’s full statement before House cmte., demanding additional funding for 9/11 victim compensation fund, which is set to expire next year.
“Your indifference cost these men and women their most valuable commodity: Time! It’s the one thing they’re running out of.” pic.twitter.com/h0399gSIky
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 11, 2019
CBS News reports the shaming worked:
The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill which would permanently reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Wednesday, the day after comedian Jon Stewart gave impassioned testimony in support of the bill in video that quickly went viral.
The bill will now go to the floor for a full vote in the House of Representatives, where it is likely to pass. It’s unclear whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will take up the bill in the Senate, although Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Wednesday that he was “imploring, pleading, even begging” McConnell to bring the bill to the floor as soon as it passes in the House.