"As I sit here today, I can't help but think, what an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting health care and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to," Stewart said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on reauthorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. "Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress...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,' " Stewart said. "Well, here they are! And where are they?"
Currently more than 45,000 people who are in the World Trade Center Health program are suffering from at least one certified 9/11 condition caused by the toxins at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and Shanksville crash site—a large percentage have multiple conditions.
It is Congress’s responsibility to provide the Victims Compensation Fund with all the funding needed to make sure that 9/11 responders and survivors get the help they need and deserve.
The new bipartisan bill "Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund," may be one of the few bipartisan bills that can pass Congress this session—and we don't have time to sit around playing political games.
This is not a partisan political issue. We will talk to anyone—anywhere—anytime—to make it clear that our loyalty is to those who sacrificed so much for their communities.
We ask so much of our Nation’s first responders and volunteers—from firefighters to disaster response volunteers. Let us not repay their selflessness with apathy. Sign the petition. Demand your members of Congress vote to support the bill.