Jon Stewart charged Republicans Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee on Wednesday evening for effectively blocking an extension of the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund. On the previous day, lawmakers have slowed the process of passing the bipartisan law relief for first responders, their families and other people suffering from Ground Zero.
"It's absolutely outrageous and you'll forgive me if I'm not impressed by Rand Paul's virtue of tax responsibility," said the ex-The Daily Show host in Fox's Special Report News.
As The Post exclusively reported, Senator Mike Lee of Utah withheld the bill procedurally and prevented it from being put to the vote.
Shortly thereafter, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) called for a unanimous Senate agreement, only to overthrow Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.)'S request.
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Despite the roadblock caused by Paul and Lee, the draft bill will eventually pass through the Senate, Stewart said.
] After the move, a spokesman for Paul said the Senator blocked "nothing" – he was just trying to figure out how to pay for the extension. Lee spokesman said the senator wanted to take a second look at legislation on tax abuse concerns.
Since leaving his TV show, Stewart has spoken out in favor of first-aiders on September 11th. He gave a testimony to the House of Representatives Judicial Office last month beating up members who did not appear for a hearing on the Fund's re-approval.