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9/11 first responders ‘did their jobs … do yours’: Watch Jon Stewart rip lawmakers

Entertainer and activist Jon Stewart holds up the jacket of first responder Ray Pfeifer before testifying at a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee as it considers permanent authorization of the Victim Compensation Fund in Washington on Tuesday June 11, 2019. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

The House Judiciary Committee convened Tuesday to hear from 9/11 first responders, family members and advocates for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Jon Stewart, a fund proponent, said Congress’ slow response to the health needs of the first responders was a stain on the institution, contrasting that with how quickly the FDNY and NYPD sprung into action after the 9/11 attacks.

Longworth for sale, a pizza live hit and Cohen just wants to have fun: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Feb. 25, 2019

While Capitol Hill was abuzz with the testimony of President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen this week, some onlookers cared more about an epic young student photobombing a reporter’s on-air analysis while chomping on some pizza.

Plus, former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart offers kind words for the Trump administration, Rep. Elijah Cummings reveals his Oversight committee BFF, Rep. Tim Ryan muses about the sale of Longworth office building and Sens. Johnny Isakson and Chuck Grassley reflect on the ever-repeating nature of the Senate.

Real or Satire? Hard to Tell in Bizarro Election Year
Jon Stewart to join Stephen Colbert for coverage of both conventions

Stephen Colbert tapes a segment for his show as Caesar Flickerman from "The Hunger Games" on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Sunday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

While every major news outlet in America is covering the Republican National Convention in Cleveland as a way to frame the national debate around vital issues that face America, Stephen Colbert and The Onion will use comedy as a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.  

Of course, in this bizarro election year, it might be hard to tell the satire from the real thing.

Jon Stewart Returns to Fight for 9/11 First Responder Health Care

Stewart speaks with Sen. Mark Kirk in the Senate subway on Thursday as he and New York first responders lobbied Congress to fully fund programs that provide health care and compensation to 9/11 first responders and survivors. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Comedian Jon Stewart returned to Capitol Hill Thursday to urge lawmakers to renew health care programs firefighters, police officers, servicemen and women, and construction workers who responded to Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks.  

The fate of the programs, known as the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victims Compensation Program, faced uncertainty this week when an apparent deal to renew the programs fell through, with both parties blaming each other. Lawmakers are working to find a solution, and the first responders called on Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to act.