Jon Stewart Slams Congress Over 9/11 Victims Fund

June 12, 2019

© Jack Gruber, USA TODAY

Jon Stewart gave members of Congress a piece of his mind on Tuesday, while speaking in Washington D.C. about the need to reauthorize funding for first responders injured or sickened by the 9/11 attacks. According to the Washington Post, the former Daily Show host appeared in front of some members of the House Judiciary Committee and voiced anger that other members of Congress didn't show up. "As I sit here today, I can't help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting health care and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to," Stewart said. "Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress.” The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund was created by Congress, but awards are reportedly being reduced due to "insufficient funding." He added, "I'm sorry if I sound angry and undiplomatic, but I'm angry and you should be too."