Just yesterday we brought you the news of a Congressional hearing in which former Daily Show host and comedian Jon Stewart passionately chastised lawmakers for their treatment of 9/11 first responders, many of whom are facing grave health consequences as a result of their heroic actions at Ground Zero.
In a fiery and emotional speech, Stewart ripped into Congress for dragging its feet on passing a bill to permanently authorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, for which funding was set to expire next year.
Stewart had called the state of affairs â€śan embarrassment to the countryâ€ť and urged Congress to do their jobs, saying:
They did their jobs, with courage, grace, tenacity, humility..18 years later, do yours!
Stewartâ€™s passionate and masterful oratory resulted in more than a standing ovation however, as the bill was unanimously passed by the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, just one day after Stewartâ€™s speech went viral.
Even the conservative New York Post highlighted the famously liberal Stewartâ€™s efforts with an all-caps cover quoting him, and directed at lawmakers, that read â€śSHAMEFUL.â€ť
The bill will now go to the floor of the House of Representatives for a full vote where it is expected to pass. It will then be up to the Senate to make sure it becomes law.
If you missed Jon Stewartâ€™s passionate speech in defense of 9/11 first responders you can watch it in its entirety here:
h/t: New York Post
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