The comedian Jon Stewart joined the vote choir on Wednesday, rebuffing Sen. Rand Paul after the Kentucky Republican passed bipartisan legislation requiring compensation for first responders and victims of September 11, had temporarily postponed. citing concerns about the financing of the new bill.
"It's absolutely outrageous," Stewart said during a Fox News appearance Wednesday night. "You'll forgive me if I'm not impressed by Rand Paul's virtues."
Stewart has long been a staunch supporter of Congress funding for those injured or ill by the September 11 terrorist. According to the Associated Press, for the $ 1.5 trillion tax cut signed in December 2017, Paul supported President Trump voted. This legislation contributed to the country's increased fiscal deficit, which could exceed $ 1 trillion for the year as a whole.
"Rand Paul presented the avoidance of the $ 1.5 trillion tissue paper tax cut, which increased our deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars, and now stands at the last minute after 15 years of blood, sweat and tears 11 Community to say that it's all over now, "said Stewart. "Now we're balancing the budget on the back of the first-aid community on 11 September."
Hours earlier in the Senate, Paul rejected the motion by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.) from the draft law unanimously approved, on the grounds that "new issues we seek new programs that run for 70, 80 years The request for unanimous consent will be rejected if a single senator disagrees with the Senate's rules.
"We must at least lead this debate," Paul said. "I'll suggest a change when the bill comes to the table, but until then I'll object."
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has also held back the move, which has 73 Senate co-sponsors, said Devlin Barrett of the Washington Post. In comments to the Post, the spokesmen of both Senators emphasized that none of them wanted to block the legislation but wanted to add provisions in terms of cost and control.
However, the line of argumentation did not match Stewart or his activist colleague John Feal, who joined Fox News's former moderator of The Daily Show. Wednesday's news was also condemned by Democrats and first responders, such as the head of the fraternal police force and the International Fire Brigade, Barrett reported.
"The people of Kentucky and the people of the state of Utah deserve better," said Feal, a construction worker injured at Ground Zero, to Fox News presenter Bret Baier. He added that the senators "lack humanity".
The Victims Compensation Fund on September 11 is unlikely to accept any claims by the end of next year and is already running out of money. Under the new law, the fund will be extended for the next 70 years. The first decade is estimated to cost $ 10.2 billion.
"At some point we have to stand up for the people who have always stood up for us, and at this point in time, Stewart and Feal may not be able to stand up for themselves because of their illnesses and injuries. Later they called the situation "an abomination".
During most of the approximately eight-minute period, Stewart and Feal broke into Paul and Lee when they made emotional appeals to those who benefit from the fund. Senators did not respond to requests for comments on early Thursday.
"[Paul] is a guy who has made us hundreds of billions of dollars in debt," Stewart said. "Now he'll tell us that a billion dollars a year over 10 years is just too much for us to handle?"
The comedian continued: "When it comes to the first responders from 9/11, the police, the firefighters, the construction workers, the volunteers, the survivors, all of a sudden we have to go through this. "
Feal slapped Paul and Lee as" opportunists. "
" Any statement they come out with does not suit me, "he told our intelligence. "
Fund lawyers recently met with Lee and were reassured by his staff that" they would not stand in the way, "Feal said. He bluntly added: I am a liar. Despite this, Feal said he was still optimistic about the bill because Sen. Ma Jority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) "Gave us his word and he was sincere about it."
Contribution reported. The announcement came one week after Stewart McConnell impaled in "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" and accused the senator, "They love the 9/11 community if it serves their political purposes."
"But if they do there are urgent needs, you are slow, you are fidgety, you use it as a political pawn to get other things you want, and you do not complete the job completely
On Wednesday, Stewart argued that the future of the fund for the two republican senators "an unheard of place" to "take a stand".
"This is either necessary or not, and everyone agrees that this is necessary," he said. "Their budgetary priorities are either determined by a moral compass or not."
The program, he said, "has proven itself."
"It has proven to be law-abiding Taxpayers have been respectful, "he said. "Above all, it only brings a moment of peace to a church that has suffered from its heroism and continues to suffer."