John Stewart had some strong words for Congress on Tuesday. But he didn’t issue them from behind the studio desk as he has done in the past. This time, the former The Daily Show host got right in their faces.
Stewart addressed lawmakers, asking them to re-up funding for the Victim Compensation Fund portion of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which is soon to run out of money.
Noting that a little over half of the 14-member subcommittee even showed up to the hearing, Stewart called them “shameful,” an “embarrassment to this country,” and a “stain on this institution.”
Following his five-minute statement, the room filled with “sick and dying” 9/11 first responders gave Stewart a standing ovation.