Jon Stewart rips into Congress over 9/11 support

The comedian choked back tears as he called out lawmakers for failing to fully fund a program to support sick and dying 9/11 first responders.
2:54 | 06/12/19

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Now to capitol hill where a vote is set today on a bill to compensate 9/11 first responders suffering devastating effects on their health. This after Jon Stewart's emotional testimony. Terry Moran is there in Washington for us. Good morning, Terry. Reporter: Good morning. Over the years, Jon Stewart made a lot of people love but there were many people, including members of congress, on the verge of tears when he stepped forward to demand that congress do its job and take care of some of the heroes of 9/11. Surrounded by 9/11 first responder, Jon Stewart struggled to stroll his emotions as he demanded congress take action. There is not a person here, there is not an empty chair on that stage that didn't tweet out never forget the heroes of 9/11. Never forget their bravery. Never forget what they did, what they gave to this country. Well, here they are! Reporter: Stewart a longtime advocate repeatedly called out lawmakers for not doing much to compensate those around them who were sickened by the toxic debris. They responded in five they did their jobs. Courage, grace. Tenacity. Humility. 18 years later, do yours! Reporter: The compensation fund for those men and women is now running out of money and facing cuts. We are all worried about our children and our spouses. And our families if we are not here. Reporter: And many whose lives depend on that are running out of time mooch like detective Luis Alvarez who is facing list 69th chemical mow therapy treatment. You said you could never I'm here to make sure you don't. Reporter: Stewart called it a metaphor for the whole system. Your indifference cost these men and women their most valuable commodity. Time. It's the one thing they're running out of. Reporter: Well, there was so much emotion in that hearing room. In part because of all the empty that was in part because they were in a big hearing room. There was a sub committee. 12 of 14 members showed up. The passion you hear wasn't about the numbers. It was congress failing to live up to the promises to the heroes of 9/11. Okay, Terry, thank you. Now to the latest on former red sox star David Ortiz.

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