**9/11. My bad typo***
So why don't we as the public start a fund for them. They did save hundreds of 9/11 survivors and don't they and their families deserve the same or some kind of help in return???!?!!
The point maybe is that, by his own declaration, Mr. Trump&All. think that a hero must be dead to qualify as such.
This post was removed... Its a contrary opinion, and you may hate it or refute it, but it's crazy how commercial press like ABC controls speech:
9/11 was horrific and emotional. However it represented a single acute dose of demolition dust, and is simply not a cause of every cancer that happens. It's insane that close to 4000 first responders have already retired on "permanent" disability due to this one event. Cancer happens and everyone reacts the same way. Why me? People always want to rationalize that which they can't explain. This is convenient rational but it just isnt it. It's an insult to people in trades that are exposed to dust every.
One thing I cannot understand: they say the bill has support from both parties, then why don't they just show up and enjoy publicity? I thought politicians are geniuses in that calculation.
I doubt that many will read this, but CNN has written a piece called:
September 11th Victim Aid and Compensation Fast FactsCNN Library
"Statistics for VCF 2001-2003:
The fund received 7,408 claim submissions from 75 countries. Awards were made in 5,560 of those cases and totaled over $7 billion.
The fund received 2,963 death claims. This accounted for more than 98% of eligible families. Funds were distributed in 2,880 of these cases. The average award was $2,082,128 and went as high as $7.1 million.
The fund received 4,445 personal injury claims. Funds were distributed in 2,680 of these cases. The awards ranged from $500.00 to $8.6 million.The money was tax-free."
9/11 responders should be compensated for a lifetime of same as military Veterans ...The terrorist attacks were an act of war ...
Americans, by and large do not care about this issue.
How do we know this? A Republican senate has already killed an aid bill for 1st responders years ago... and they are set to do it again. Yet Americans keep voting in Republicans.
One of the funniest things I've ever seen is John Stewart guest starring on crossfire...OMG.... I've never seen such an ambush... they were like deer in headlights.. google and watch it if you haven't seen it...
Jon Stewart, Good American!
With the millions he made he could of grown a long beard and interviewed useless celebrities on Netflix or lounge on a beach for countless hours... but no John Stewart decides to stand with the people that matter. He fights for the American people who deserve to have someone on their side. First responders, firemen and policemen are true heroes of 9/11, what kind of government would turn their back on them?
I would hate to be the one to vote against this bill... it is such a no brainer.
If a certain someone plays politics with this bill and tries to tag on other political pet projects, they should pay the full penalty in 2020.
dam depressing congress, keep kicking the can like that, and sooner than you think, you'll be that can.
You go Jon!! I saw his testimony and cried, very moving speech.
Rome (First Responders) burn while Nero (Congress) fiddles. Go get 'em Jon.
Good job Jon Stewart!
He is right. This has been going on for 18 years. They need to do something of value.
Perhaps he should start a fund-raiser for this. With his name and support, they could probably raise a lot of money.
The Turtle and his cohorts have been using this bill as a negotiating tool holding off passing it unless they get something in return. Republicans could care less about dying Americans unless of course they are big donors to their campaigns
Let's see if the GOP Senate is pro-life for a person's entire life and not just for the fetus.
McConnell - again - showing he is the face of evil in the US Senate and the world.
I totally agree with Stewart, but why does he get to speak with Congress? Just because he's a celebrity? If anyone could clue me in as to why he's there, I'd appreciate it!
It is disgraceful that these heroes were not compensated with lifetime support for their sacrifices that have, and that will lead to their deaths. A penny pinching pension set up by that greedy fraud, Baby Bush.
I don't always agree with Jon Stewart but what a great guy standing up for this cause. Pretty pathetic that the House who's supposed to appropriate the money has been lazy in this effort. As he stated, it wasn't an attack on NY but an attack on our country and first responder's were doing their job and now are dying from it. Pretty sad times.
Mitch McConnell is pathetic and a disgrace to this nation. We have many people in the senate that do not care about this nation or its people any more. They are parasites misspending taxpayers money. The men and women who first responded and stood up for our nation at 9/11 are more important to this nation than any of those sitting on their cushy in Washington, DC. I praise Jon Stewart for speaking out and standing up for these people, and using his celebrity to show courage! It is ashamed that first responders and firefighters should even have to ask for this! The decent human thing would be to insure that they get this for the rest of their life. The same goes for the many men and women who return from serving this nation overseas, they are completely ignored and forgotten. The 4th of July is coming, let's see Washington DC do something important rather than flag-waving, praying and shooting fireworks.
This country has more than enough money for bombs and bullets and building a pointless wall but not enough money for actually saving peoples lives??? What the hell is wrong with us?
The white "dust" that resulted from the collapse of the Twin Towers contained a witches brew of pulverized building materials including glass, drywall, concrete dust, aluminum, asbestos, carpeting...and human DNA from the pulverized victims. Also bacteria from plumbing and sewage systems, aircraft fuel, copper particles from wiring, melted aircraft plastics, ceiling tiles, coolants, & steel molecules. ANYONE exposed to this, particularly First Responders and citizens running for their lives in the streets, would be subject to what amounted to the health effects of biological warfare.
The fund would have been dissolved long ago were it not for Jon Stewart.
So which reps didn't show?
New York is already taking care of this, don't need to worry, just support A2694/S3947 and this will all be behind us.
"The bill was held up by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell"
I'm shocked said no smart person ever.
I first liked Jon when I found out that he and his wife use their land in New Jersey to help the non-profit Farm Sanctuary organization with farm animals who were rescued from abuse.