Jon Stewart rips McConnell over no compassion for 9/11 responders
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Fresh off his blistering testimony in front of a House panel, the former “The Daily Show” TV host was asked on “Fox News Sunday” about getting an expansion of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund passed through the Senate.
“Have you had problems with Sen. McConnell?” host Chris Wallace asked.
“Yes,” Stewart replied. “I mean, not me personally, but in terms of getting the 9/11 bills passed, Mitch McConnell has been the white whale of this since 2010.”
The comments came after Stewart shamed members of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for not showing up to a hearing on reauthorizing the fund, which helps first-responders dealing with 9/11-related health issues.
At a news conference that day, McConnell said:”We’ve always dealt with that in the past in a compassionate way, and I assume we will again.”
But Stewart begged to differ.
“This has never been dealt with compassionately by Sen. McConnell,” Stewart said Sunday.
“He has always held out until the last minute, and only then after intense lobbying and public shaming has he even deigned to move on it.”