House Panel Passes 9/11 Fund Bill After Jon Stewart Shaming

June 13, 2019

© Jack Gruber, USA TODAY

The House Judiciary Committee passed the bill that permanently authorizes the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund on Wednesday, a day after Jon Stewart defended the legislation in person. The New York Post reports that the bill will likely need to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office before it can get a full vote in the House, but is expected to pass, as the legislation has 313 bipartisan co-sponsors. While sponsor Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has called “for a vote before July Fourth,” a deadline has not been set. Meanwhile, the Senate version of the legislation, which is sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, also has bipartisan support--but its short of a veto-proof majority. It’s also unclear if President Donald Trump supports the legislation. The bill keeps the current fund going until October 1, 2090.