Add September 11th as an interest to stay up to date on the latest September 11th news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak, and no one-shameful.
"They responded in 5 seconds. With courage, grace, tenacity, humility", he said, tearing up and dropping his pen onto the desk. "Eighteen years later, do yours".
"I'm awfully exhausted of hearing that it's a 9/11 NY issue".
"Al-Qaida didn't shout 'death to Tribeca, '" he said.
"It's an embarrassment to the country, and it is a stain on this institution", said Stewart.
Stewart, a longtime advocate for the 9/11 community, pointed out that the only empty seats in the room were designated for lawmakers.
Jon Stewart has delivered a scathing rebuke of Congress and its handling of benefits for 9/11 first responders and victims, telling USA lawmakers their "shameful" inaction is "an embarrassment to the country".
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Nine days after the attacks killed almost 3,000 people, Stewart appeared behind his wooden desk on The Daily Show, stumbling at first to shirk the awkwardness that comes naturally with a late-night comedy show in the wake of the nation's most unfathomable tragedy.
Jimmy Kimmel, a popular comedian and host of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", praised Stewart on Twitter, writing: "thank you Jon Stewart, for making sure "never forget" isn't just a nice-sounding slogan".
"There is not a person here - there is not an empty chair on that stage that didn't tweet out, 'never forget the heroes of 9/11; never forget their bravery; never forget what they did, what they gave to this country, '" Stewart said.
Pointing to rows of uniformed firefighters and police officers behind him, he said the hearing "should be flipped", so that first responders were on the dais, with members of Congress "down here" in witness chairs answering their questions.
The room erupted in applause when he finished his remarks. Why this bill isn't unanimous consent and a stand-alone issue is beyond my comprehension. The bill was held up by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, only to be passed as part of last-minute negotiations over the year-end spending deal in 2015. "Their indifference cost these men and women their most valuable commodity, time, one thing they're running out of".
"We are not here for anything for ourselves", said Alvarez.
That's what those Ground Zero workers came to talk to Congress about. "We showed the world we would never back down and that we can all work together".
"My life isn't worth more than the next responder to get cancer".
"We're going to continue to push the issue as Democrats have done from the very beginning", Jeffries said.