Jon Stewart, the former host of “The Daily Show,” is showing his support for the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The VCF is a program that awards funds to families of anyone killed or injured in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2011, President Obama signed the First Responders Bill, which expanded the coverage to include first responders and others who are experiencing health problems— mostly deadly cancers, due to the attacks. Since 2001, over 10,000 people have developed 9/11-related illnesses, and more than 2,000 people have died. The numbers are steadily climbing.
Unfortunately, VCF coverage is set to end in December of 2020. Additionally, the Special Master of the VCF, Rupa Bhattacharyya, recently announced that award amounts to victims and families will be cut by 50-70 percent. This is a severe blow that would devastate those in need of assistance.
This is where Jon Stewart, a longtime supporter of the VCF, comes in. The comedian is campaigning to make the fund permanent and ensure that all families receive full claim awards. Stewart didn’t mince words when it came to calling Congress out.
“This is bullsh*t, you know it and I know it… Trust me, if the American people, in their busy lives, had any idea that these kinds of shenanigans were going on, they would be outraged.”
Stewart went on to say just how long these firefighters, police officers, and medical workers have been pushing for the VCF.
“They fought when nobody believed they were sick, they fought when nobody believed that their sickness was caused by 9/11, they fought when nobody thought their healthcare was worth paying for. They fought every step of the way.”
It wasn’t all negative though; Stewart did offer some compliments to the current administration, while still stressing that Congress needs to do its part.
“The Trump Justice Department is doing an excellent job administrating this program. The claims are going through faster, and the awards are coming through… So now it’s Congress’s job to fund it properly and let these people live in peace.”
Visit http://chng.it/SNtcXCGzcy to sign a petition urging Congress to extend the Victim Compensation Fund.