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Jon Stewart makes an emotional plea on behalf of 9/11 first responders at a House Judiciary Committee meeting, unloading on lawmakers over their low turnout

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  1. dubteedub Link
    It is great that Jon has kept up this cause of advocating for 9/11 first responders. He seems to make the news causing trouble on the Hill just about every year when he brings the responders for...

    It is great that Jon has kept up this cause of advocating for 9/11 first responders. He seems to make the news causing trouble on the Hill just about every year when he brings the responders for meetings or he speaks at a hearing.

    Here is a clip from The Daily Show in 2015 when he returned to the show to call out Mitch McConnell in a #worstresponders bit.

    http://www.cc.com/video-clips/5xvbon/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-jon-stewart-calls-out-mitch-mcconnell

    Just last year Jon took to the Hill to criticize Trump and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney who attempted to mess with the World Trade Center Health Program in their budget.

    And this one is from earlier this year in February.

    11 votes
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    Omnicrola Link
    I miss him (on the Daily Show) so much. No disrespect to Trevor Noah, they're different people. John's passion and wit are incomparable. Though I can't think of a better spokesperson for a worthy...

    I miss him (on the Daily Show) so much. No disrespect to Trevor Noah, they're different people. John's passion and wit are incomparable. Though I can't think of a better spokesperson for a worthy cause, and this certainly is one. Carry on John.

    10 votes
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      mrbig (edited ) Link Parent
      Trevor's heart is in the right place, but after watching his stand-up and several of his clips I just don't think he's very funny. And political satire, important as it is, still need to be funny.

      Trevor's heart is in the right place, but after watching his stand-up and several of his clips I just don't think he's very funny. And political satire, important as it is, still need to be funny.

      5 votes
      1. CALICO Link Parent
        I'm not a huge Noah fan, but it could be the format also. I love Colbert, but The Late Show format for him feels like a downgrade from Colbert Report.

        I'm not a huge Noah fan, but it could be the format also. I love Colbert, but The Late Show format for him feels like a downgrade from Colbert Report.

        6 votes
  3. hamstergeddon Link
    It's insane to me that these men and women aren't guaranteed health coverage for life rather than having to beg for scraps every 5 years. Jon's absolutely right in saying that they're what united...

    It's insane to me that these men and women aren't guaranteed health coverage for life rather than having to beg for scraps every 5 years. Jon's absolutely right in saying that they're what united the country after 9/11. Tales of their bravery and heroism gave us all hope and made us proud to be American (until Iraq/Afghanistan anyway).

    9 votes
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    Cosmos (edited ) Link
    Is there a list of the people who didn't show up. And have they been asked why they weren't there? None of the news articles about this seem to be following up on that. Also, I can't imagine this...

    Is there a list of the people who didn't show up. And have they been asked why they weren't there? None of the news articles about this seem to be following up on that.

    Also, I can't imagine this happening in any other first world country. It truly is embarrassing and unacceptable the way we treat our heroes. And I'm sure every member of AlQuada could not be happier right now. 9/11 continues to be a success, due only to our own incompetence.

    5 votes
    1. [4]
      AugustusFerdinand Link Parent
      Louie Gohmert, Republican, Texas Jim Jordan, Republican, Ohio Guy Reschenthaler, Republican, Pennsylvania Ben Cline, Republican, Virginia Kelly Armstrong, Republican, North Dakota The full House...

      Louie Gohmert, Republican, Texas
      Jim Jordan, Republican, Ohio
      Guy Reschenthaler, Republican, Pennsylvania
      Ben Cline, Republican, Virginia
      Kelly Armstrong, Republican, North Dakota

      The full House Judiciary Committee appears to have 41 members, the subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties (which is who the first responders and Stewart were speaking to today) has 14 members, of which 9 were present, all the democrats plus republican Mike Johnson.

      7 votes
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        Ellimist Link Parent
        It offers no actual value to the conversation for me to say this, and it's my own cynicism showing, but it does not surprise me in the least that the no shows were Republicans. Carlin said it...

        It offers no actual value to the conversation for me to say this, and it's my own cynicism showing, but it does not surprise me in the least that the no shows were Republicans.

        Carlin said it best......Republicans aren't Pro Life. They're Pro Fetus. They want live babies to grow up to be dead soldiers. Once you're born, they don't care about you.

        8 votes
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          Cosmos Link Parent
          So the bill passed unanimously, including by those who didn't show up for the hearing. I'm guessing that was their excuse for not being there. Their time is very valuable and they didn't want to...

          So the bill passed unanimously, including by those who didn't show up for the hearing. I'm guessing that was their excuse for not being there. Their time is very valuable and they didn't want to use it on a bill they supported and was sure to pass.

          Still, that's a terrible excuse, and it didn't factor in the optics of not showing up. They should have known the media would be all over this with Stewart attending. Those firefighters took their own time and money to travel hundreds of miles to be there and speak to you. They didn't come all that way to speak to an empty room. If you aren't going to show up, then just don't hold the hearing at all.

          4 votes
          1. Ellimist Link Parent
            Absolutely. These people are real heroes, many, if not all, sick and dying slowly. The least those senators could’ve done is shown up, even if the vote results were largely a formality. Especially...

            Absolutely. These people are real heroes, many, if not all, sick and dying slowly. The least those senators could’ve done is shown up, even if the vote results were largely a formality. Especially if the vote was a formality. At that point, it takes just a few minutes to hear out Stewart and then hold their vote.

            But you’re right. The optics are terrible. It basically looks like they’re saying “Here’s your money, leave us alone”

            And if it had six Democrats who didn’t show up, the Cheeto in Charge would’ve launched a Twitter rampage of epic proportions

            5 votes
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    tomf Link
    Not sure if this is the best source, but this was passed today https://judiciary.house.gov/legislation/markups/hr-1327-never-forget-heroes-permanent-authorization-september-11th-victim
    5 votes