A 9/11 first responder in an MSNBC look with comic Jon Stewart advised Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to reauthorize the 9/11 Victims Fund or else his workforce would make the senator’s life “miserable.”
“If Mitch McConnell or anybody in the Senate plays games,” first responder John Feal mentioned on Andrea Mitchell Reports Friday, “Myself and my team, Jon Stewart, we come back and make their lives miserable.”
Feal’s menace got here proper earlier than the House of Representatives voted 402-12 to reauthorize the fund, which was initiated after the terrorist assaults to assist with medical bills and monetary loss however has develop into severely depleted and can face cutbacks if not reauthorized.
“We are not going to apologize for that,” Feal continued. “They work for us. Mitch McConnell is in charge of 99 people and the speaker is in charge of 434 people. They’re working for us.”
Stewart, a former Daily Show host who has develop into a passionate advocate for the fund, added, “They should do it before August 2nd. Keep your word.”
The comic mentioned that McConnell’s phrase was “this passes, unattached and as a standalone bill, fully funded.”
McConnell in late June responded to congressional testimony by first responders and Stewart particularly by saying, “Many things in Congress happen at the last minute … We will address it again. I don’t know why he’s all bent out of shape.”
Stewart responded: “No, Mitch McConnell, I am not bent out of shape! I am in fine shape. I am bent out of shape” for first responders.
Shortly after, Rudy Giuliani, who was New York City mayor throughout 9/11 and now serves as authorized counsel to President Trump, sided with Stewart.
“I remember when all Americans were ONE after the 9/11 attack,” Giuliani tweeted on June 21. “It’s our duty to support the bill to protect those ill because of their work to protect us. The Senate must vote as ONE for them.”
A bunch of first responders who met with McConnell mentioned the senator vowed the invoice will likely be voted on and handed earlier than Congress’ recess in August.
McConnell said the Senate will “consider this important legislation soon,” after the House handed it.
On MSNBC, Feal and Stewart paid tribute to Luis Alvarez, who gave a heartfelt testimony to the House in favor of the fund and died weeks later.
Feal and Stewart additionally remembered Luis Alvarez, who died simply weeks after delivering shifting testimony to the House.
“I will not stand by and watch as my friends with cancer from 9/11, like me, are valued less than anyone else,” Alvarez mentioned in his testimony.