Jon Stewart Blasts Congress over Funding for 9/11 Responders

WASHINGTON DC- JUNE 11 Former Daily Show Host Jon Stewart is sworn in before testifying during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund on Capitol Hill

Stewart, the former host of "The Daily Show", gave emotional testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on Tuesday, at times broke down in tears and shouted at the lawmakers, calling them "shameful".

The bill will now go to the floor for a full vote in the House of Representatives, where it is likely to pass.

The bill that permanently authorizes the 9/11 Sufferer Compensation Fund handed out of the Condominium Judiciary Committee unanimously on Wednesday.

But the Fund is nearing depletion.

Stewart blasted the committee on Tuesday in a speech that accused lawmakers of failing to make the health and well-being of 9/11 first responders a priority. "Eighteen years later, do yours!"

Though it was supposed to be funded till 2020, those administering it allege a fresh spike in claims has left the fund in possibility of working out.

"Your indifference cost these men and girls folks their most precious commodity: time", Stewart acknowledged on Tuesday.

"We're struggling with for of us who cannot be right here, to notify their win abet of their trigger because they're too sick and so that they're death", McGuire acknowledged.

In doing so, many uncovered themselves to toxic particles in the air, including asbestos, lead, and pulverized concrete, which causes silicosis.

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As of September 2018, 2,000 deaths had been attributed to 9/11 related illness. By the tip of closing twelve months, many estimate that more folks may perchance well possess died from toxic exposures than were undoubtedly killed within the attack.

Luis Alvarez, a extinct Unique York Police Division detective said at Tuesday's listening to that he had survived 68 rounds of chemotherapy to battle 9/11-linked cancer.

"This fund will not be a label to paradise", he acknowledged. "It's there to manufacture for our households when we won't".

The VCF became within the starting build created in 2001, straight following the assaults. This normal VCF dispensed over $7bn (£6.2bn) to households of more than 2,880 folks that died and for 2,680 injured. "Congress need to act to kind that happen".

Some credit him with its eventual approval after then President Barack Obama signed it into law in 2011. A total of 835 awards have been reduced as of May 31, she said.

Anger and frustration over the fund have been growing since February, when it was announced that future payouts will be cut as much as 70 percent to offset surging claims from those who are ill and the families of those who have died.

Mr Bhattacharyya acknowledged the VCF got a file option of contemporary claims got in 2018, and is already now on target to surpass that number this twelve months. The fund has considered a critical upward push in claims in the previous two years - over 24,000 claims in 2017, 2018 and January 2019.

The spike in claims has left the VCF liable to a huge funding shortfall. A obvious quantity has no longer but been allocated.

Though the new bill specifies that government support would be provided until 2090, it does not denote a specific amount of funds to be distributed.



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