Mitch McConnell says he doesn’t know why Jon Stewart is ‘bent out of shape’ over 9/11 victims fund

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Last week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was noncommittal about whether he would support the permanent reauthorization of the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund. The fund enables 9/11 first responders, surviving families, and others battling deadly ailments such as cancer—like the teachers and children who attended school near the toxic World Trade Center site—to receive basic benefits and most importantly, health care.

Incredibly, there has not been a long-term fund established and year after year, surviving first responders, many of whom are battling end stage cancers, make the trek to Washington, D.C. to fight for their own care. Former talk show host Jon Stewart has been a champion for these survivors and last week he got a standing ovation after his impassioned testimony to Congress. The very next day the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to move a bill forward that would permanently authorize the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. Next it will go to the full House for a vote and then onto Mitch McConnell’s graveyard of bills in the Senate.

Stewart specifically called out Mitch McConnell for blocking progress on a long-term solution for nearly a decade, saying, “In terms of getting the 9/11 bills passed, Mitch McConnell has been the white whale of this since 2010.” Stewart appeared on Fox News on Sunday to drive home that point that 9/11 responders are dying, seven in the last week alone, while Mitch McConnell plays games.

So, how did McConnell respond on Monday? By appearing on Fox News to say he can’t understand why Jon Stewart is “all bent out of shape.”

McConnell doesn’t seem to understand the stress this uncertainty causes for the responders, survivors and their families. Instead of spending the time they have living life, they are down in D.C. groveling for the basic funding they were promised. Stewart said as much in his interview:

“I think this community is at the end of their rope,” Stewart told Chris Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday.” “I think there’s a feeling of disbelief, that they can’t understand why they have to continually saddle up and ride down to Washington and make these appeals for something that should be simple but is somehow, through politics, made agonizingly difficult.”

For nearly a decade he has needlessly put these families through more turmoil and heartbreak. No doubt this will be one of the more shameful chapters in McConnell’s cancerous career.

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Lone Wolf
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Lone Wolf

When all of these scumbags, Trump, McConnell, Graham, Nunes, Conway, and on and on…are on their way to prison, they won’t, but it’s nice to think it…we want all of their assets seized and bank accounts frozen, and that means ALL of them. The Entire. Trump. Family. And. Criminal. Organization.

DHG
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Make no mistake the Trump crime family is on its last legs.

Johnnie Dorman
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Johnnie Dorman

It’s not surprising that McConnell doesn’t know what’s going on with just about anything, other than his bank account and what other rich corporation he needs to suck up to.

Michael owens
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Michael owens

Honestly, hes the most horrible human being ever!!!. On par with Trump, not one redeeming factor.. ive meet little bookworm office workers that get bullied at school, then take revenge as adults. They crave power and money.. sad little people

True Patriot
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True Patriot

Jon Stewart tells Chris about the emotional appearance he had on Capitol Hill last week “Last week, 7, 7 first responders died due to 9/11 related illnesses” #FNS #FoxNews

Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

Mitchie Boy knows his a$$ is the grass, the true American people are the lawnmower. Get ready Mitch, it’s almost all over. Got richer for nothing. What’s money if you can’t enjoy it.