Jon Stewart returns to ‘The Daily Show’ to shame Congress

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Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show Monday night to shame Congress for their handling of the 9/11 first responders health bill. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, or Zadroga Act, was passed in 2010 to give health care funding and compensation to first responders who worked tirelessly at Ground Zero following the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001. Many have since contracted pulmonary diseases due to the conditions of the air at Ground Zero, and most Americans and congressmen believe it is only right that we thank them for their service by providing health care. However, the bill has expired and Rep. Mitch McConnell will not bring a renewal bill to a vote. Jon takes a camera crew into the Capitol building to show how easily these responders are turned away by the legislators who will not vote to renew the bill. Jon calls on the American people to flood their congressmen with the hashtag #WorstResponders to petition for the bill to be passed.

In 2010, Jon had a panel of four responders on his show, and that discussion, he believes, was one of reasons the bill passed in the first place. So, he asks Trevor if he can bring the panel back. Trevor agrees and Jon giddily walks over to the panel table only to find that, of the four men he interviewed in 2010, only one was able to make it. Two of the men were too sick to come, and the has third passed away. Watch their call to action below.

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