Stewart: Mitch McConnell Is 'White Whale' of 9/11 Funding

Carla Harmon
June 18, 2019

"It sounds to me like he's looking for some way to take offense".

The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed legislation permanently authorizing the 9/11 fund last Wednesday.

After making headlines last week for his powerful, scathing testimony in front of the U.S. Congress on behalf of 9/11 survivors, the former "Daily Show" host appeared on Fox News to blast Republicans for not supporting the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.

McConnell, R-Ky., said the money was supposed to be included in a recent bill to provide emergency funds to areas hit by storms, but the Democrats insisted the funds be removed. McConnell responded Monday morning saying, "We will address it again".

"I'm going to bring it up freestanding next week and see if they really aren't interested in dealing with this massive humanity that we have to take care of at the border", McConnell told Fox News Monday.

The Zadroga Act and 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund have faced hurdles in Congress for more than a decade, mostly from Republican lawmakers who have balked at its cost and said the issue should be handled by states. "I don't know why he's all bent out of shape".

This was after he publicly denounced Congress at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

Stewart blasted the House panel in his testimony, accusing members of apathy and hypocrisy when it comes to helping 9/11 responders left with cancer and other health issues in the wake of the World Trade Center attack. "We will again in the future".

"I believe that Senator McConnell was using this as a negotiating position-give us something, we'll give you help for the 9/11 rescue workers", Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said to reporters at the time.

"I think it's safe to say the president is getting more cooperation out of Mexico than he is out of congressional Democrats", McConnell said, adding that his colleagues across the aisle "reflexively" oppose any policy Trump supports.

In 2015, McConnell held the funding as political hostage because it was tied to negotiations of the long-term Highway Bill.

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