Jon Stewart blasted lawmakers on Tuesday for not showing up for a hearing on the September 11 victims' fund, The Hill is reporting.
The former “Daily Show” host made his comments while addressing the House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on reauthorizing the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.
"As I sit here today, I can't help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process of getting healthcare and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to," he said. “Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak and no one — it's shameful.
"You should be ashamed of yourselves for those that aren't here but you won't be, because accountability doesn't appear to be something that occurs in this chamber."
Stewart’s sounded emotional at times during his remarks, according to The Hill.
“None of these people want to be here," Stewart said referring to the survivors. "But they are. They're not here for themselves. They're here to continue fighting for what's right."
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., tried to defend his colleagues.
“My subcommittee, every single member on my side, which is eight of us, have been here today," Cohen said. "All these empty chairs that's because it's for the full committee, not because it's disrespect or lack of attention to you."
The Hill noted Stewart has frequently visited Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to ensure the VCF remains fully funded. The VCF had said earlier this year it was running out of money.
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