This should be a no-brainer especially given all the ridiculous things that government does spend money on. Stewart is right, this is shameful that this hasn’t been ensured yet.
Via Daily Mail:
Comedian Jon Stewart lashed out at Congress on Tuesday for failing to ensure that a victims’ compensation fund set up after the 9/11 attacks never runs out of money – as just five members out of 14 turned up to hear the victim’s appeal for more support.
Stewart, a longtime advocate for 9/11 responders, called out lawmakers for failing to attend a hearing on a bill to ensure the fund can pay benefits for the next 70 years.
Pointing to rows of empty seats at a house subcommittee hearing room, an angry Stewart, 56, said ‘sick and dying’ first responders and their families came to Washington for the hearing, only to face a nearly deserted dais.
The damning and at times heartbreaking speech earned the former Daily Show host a standing ovation from the families and friends of the victims of the terrorist attack.
Legislation has set aside $7.3billion dollars to compensate the victims and their families, including the first responders.
But $5billion has already been paid out, and families and their advocates say at least another $5billion is needed to cover pending claims.
Lawmakers proposed paying out claims at 50 percent of their value – sparking backlash from supporters.