Published: Tue, June 18, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Stewart: Mitch McConnell Is 'White Whale' of 9/11 Funding

Stewart: Mitch McConnell Is 'White Whale' of 9/11 Funding

In 2015, Stewart accused McConnell of blocking the bill and putting off its reauthorization until the last minute.

The former Daily Show host went viral with his emotional testimony before a depleted House Judiciary Committee, pleading for Congress to extend the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.

A almost 9-minute video clip of Stewart attacking representatives for their failure to fund care for "sick and dying" first responders and their families went viral. "I don't know why he's all bent out of shape, but we will take care of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund". Case in point: When he went on his The Late Show, hosted by his former co-worker Stephen Colbert, he chose to use it to call out Mitch McConnell for brushing off his hard work.

McConnell responded Monday during an appearance on Fox & Friends, saying that he doesn't understand why Stewart is "all bent out of shape about" the fund because "we've never failed to address this issue, and we will address it again". The measure is expected to pass the House, although its fate in the Senate remains unclear; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said last week that he was "begging" McConnell to bring the legislation to the floor "immediately after it passes the House".

"I'll tell you why", Schumer said in response to McConnell questioning why Stewart was "all bent out of shape". "Because 9/11 victims are getting sicker, and the last time this bill came up you delayed", Schumer wrote on Twitter.

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Stewart, it turns out, is pretty good at it, and he left McConnell with a suggestion - that he meet with 9/11 first responders tomorrow - and some food for thought: "If you're busy, I get it".

By now, you've probably seen the video of Stewart testifying on behalf of 9/11 first responders.

Look, I realize some on the right have gotten a little lazy when it comes to crafting political insults.

"I think the cold, hard reality is, even though nearly none of my members were enthusiastic about the prospect of tariffs, you have to give the president credit - it worked", McConnell said, according to Politico. We have in the past. "We have in the past, and we will again in the future".

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