Jon Stewart's fight for 9/11 first responders

Michael and Sara remember those who came to the rescue on 9/11.
2:54 | 02/26/19

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about, and this is in a serious light. This is our first story of the day and it kind of upsets you and you're not supposed to say, you know, being pissed off on network TV during daytime, but it pisses you off. I do care, and I care about this just like John Stewart does because he has been an advocate for the 9/11 first responders and he demanded lawmakers quickly pass the never forget the heroes permanent authorization of the September 11th victims compensation fund act, all right? Yes. And this is in response to last week's announcement from the justice department that a lack of funding for the vcf would lead to cuts to as much as 50% to 70% to the compensation for first responders who were made sick due to exposure to toxins during the rescue and recovery efforts, and in other words, the first responders and their families will not get the help that they need and that's just not right. Here's John Stewart speaking yesterday. You can get their stories out to the American people because trust me, if the American people in their busy lives had any sense that these shenanigans were going on, they would be outraged. I mean, we can cut through the nonsense here, everybody. This is about 12 Republicans on the senate side. That's all this is. Are the cameras on? Is everybody on me? The trump justice department is doing an excellent job administrating this program. The claims are going through faster and the awards are coming through. Yes. So he made it clear that the justice department is doing a great job. They need more funding and they want to make it permanent because you have these families out there that depend on this because when you are sick from being a first responder and helping out during 9/11, that doesn't go away. Right. It really doesn't go away. When you think about it, it's taking care of the people that take care of us. Whether it's military or law enforcement, first responders, these are the people that run toward places we run away from, and so you can -- when we said we will never forget, we cannot ever forget. Yes. Yes. And I know -- Our friend, chase, you have some special guests here today. Right back here. Yeah. We're trying to -- we're basically trying to raise -- if not raise money, at least raise awareness with the national volunteer fire council. 70% of firefighters are volunteer. At least raise awareness and get more people willing to run into the fire, you know? Get more people like that. More people willing to help and give them everything they need to be successful and do their job to be safe. That's the number one thing.

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