Comedian Jon Stewart spoke on behalf of reauthorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) at a House Judiciary Committee meeting in a video posted by Axios.
The VCF was created shortly after 9/11 to compensate the victims (and their families) in exchange for their agreement not to sue the airlines involved. Congress authorized the disbursement of a maximum of $7.375 billion of federal funds.
On February 15, 2019, the Special Master of the VCF, Rupa Bhattacharyya, announced that the remaining funding “would be insufficient to pay all pending and projected claims under current VCF policies and procedures”.
Stewart, astounded by the “nearly empty Congress” that sat in front of an audience filled with 9/11 responders and survivors, said this display was “an embarrassment to the country” and was “a stain on this institution.”
He alluded to a 9/11 responder who has suffered through 68 sessions of chemotherapy: “The disrespect shown to him and the other lobbyists on this bill is utterly unacceptable,” he said.