If you need a job done and done right, Jon Stewart is the man!
Stewart has been non-stop lobbying to extend the 9/11 responders health care fund for five more years. Why? Because Congress is more concerned about lining their pockets instead of ensuring proper health care for those who risked all without anything in return.
Another outstanding measure, one that would reauthorize health care spending for 9/11 responders, was on track to be added to the omnibus. Supporters, including comedian Jon Stewart, have been pushing Congress hard to take up the reauthorization, which expired earlier this year.
Negotiators are very close to a final agreement that would extend the Zadroga Act’s health fund to 2090, the office of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., told Roll Call.
The deal would provide for a five-year extension of the victims compensation fund, with $4.6 billion, with the agreement being included in the omnibus spending bill.
This was no small issue. There are still at least 33,000 first responders still ailing from toxins that were inhaled or ingested at ground zero.
Many of the advocates credit Stewart for making this happen, including Scott Chernoff, a retired officer from the New York Police Department:
We call him the Christmas miracle of 2010.
While many others were in favor of this bill and helped get the word out, it was Stewart’s persistence that drove it home. In the last four months, Stewart lobbied congress twice to get the Zadroga Act reauthorized. He specifically targeted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for holding the funding for 9/11 heroes hostage in order to use a leverage to get the ban on oil exports lifted. McConnell’s actions are absolutely shameful!
Since Stewart has retired from the Daily Show, it seems like he has yet to truly retire. Instead of walking away completely, he has continued to fight for what is right. If Republicans continue to control the House and/or the Senate, I know that we can count on Stewart to get the job done again in 2020-2021.
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