President Trump welcomed the first responders of September 11 in the White House Monday morning when he signed a bill to ensure continued funding of the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund.
The bill ensures that first responders suffering from diseases such as lung diseases and cancer will continue to receive state aid based on their experience in the locations of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
"They inspire all humanity," Trump told the first responders before picking them up on the stage where he signed the bill.
The President also recognized the more than 2,000 first responders who lost their lives due to illnesses related to 9/1
Comedian Jon Stewart made the bill nationally known when he brought survivors to Congress and insulted the legislator in tears for not acting. "Their indifference costs these men and women the most valuable asset: time," he told the legislature. "It's a thing that ends in them." After Stewart's appearance, the bill quickly passed through the House and Senate.
Trump thanked the legislators of both parties for passing the law. The Senate approved the bill with 97 to 2 with overwhelming support from both parties. Only Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., And Mike Lee, R-Utah, voted against it. They proposed changes to the bill that were rejected.
Paul argued that the bill was "irresponsible" because the advocates demanded an expiration clause guaranteeing financing for a limited dollar amount over the next seven decades. Stewart bemoaned how far the suffering victims had to come to Washington every few years to campaign for Congress and continue to provide assistance. Without the new law, the fund should be used up by December 2020.
Vandana Rambaran of Fox News, Chad Pergram and The Associated Press have contributed to this report.