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Jon Stewart ripped Mitch McConnell on Sunday, saying the Senate Majority Leader has never acted with compassion when it comes to securing health-care funding for 9/11 first-responders.
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.”
The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday passed the bill authorizing additional funding until 2090.
But Stewart didn’t seem optimistic about the bill’s fate in the Republican-controlled Senate if it passes the full House.
“Not all Republicans oppose this, but everyone who has opposed it is a Republican, and it’s unacceptable,” Stewart said Sunday.
He continued to blast politicians, saying: “If you were to take all the arrogance and entitlement and elitism that people don’t like about Hollywood and show business, and you concentrated it in one city and gave those people actual power, that’s Washington.”
Stewart said the ailing first-responders are “at the end of their rope.”
“I think there’s a feeling of disbelief,” he said. “They can’t understand why they have to continually saddle up and ride down to Washington and make these appeals for something that should be simple, but is somehow, through politics, made agonizingly difficult.”