Daily Show: Jon Stewart Returns to Make Heartfelt 9/11 Plea (Video)

Jon Stewart‘s Daily Show return was no laughing matter.

“Papa” visited with Trevor Noah Monday to campaign for the extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

The legislation, which Congress already let expire on October 1, provided funding for healthcare programs aiding first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Stewart, dumbfounded by the lack of congressional support, voiced his disdain following a largely unsuccessful trip to Washington D.C. in which he and a group of first responders attempted to visit with congressmen to sway their vote:

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After a sit-down with first responder Kenny Specht, who first appeared on Stewart’s Daily Show in 2010 as part of a panel meant to encourage the legislation’s initial enactment, the former host asked viewers to tweet using the hashtag #WorstResponders, urging Congress to pass an extension:

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Have at it, folks: Were you glad that Stewart’s return was tied to a worthy cause? Sound off below.

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  1. Steven says:

    When Jon went to talk to the same panel of first responders and only one of them was left, my heart just dropped. Very upsetting.

    • peterwdawson says:

      That first panel was just haunting too. I’m still spooked about the guy whose nose fell off. That’s like all my nightmares at once: something that sounds comical because it seems like it could only happen in a cartoon, and then it happens for real and holy crap, people are literally falling apart for doing their part after one of the worst terrorist attacks in American, if not world, history. The fact that they’re having to go and beg for support is a moral crime with quite possibly no equal today.

    • Angela says:

      That was stunning. And devastating.
      I was always turned off by the often insincere way so many of these politicians used 9/11 to their advantage politically over the years, exploiting the tragedy and the victims as they did. And now to add insult to injury, they can’t put their money where their mouths are and actually support the people who helped save lives that day. That is shameful. Seeing so many politicians refusing to meet Stewart and the people who came with him just added to the embarrassment. These politicians need to learn what the hell they’re being paid to do.
      This was a fantastic segment. Infuriating as hell, but sorely needed. I’m going to write, and I hope everyone else does, too.

  2. peterwdawson says:

    The fact that such a plea has to be made is just a new level of low. Politicians on the right and the left should be lining up for this, it’s a bipartisan slam dunk.

  3. jj says:

    really disgusting that they have had to come to this. Far too much self-importance in congress

  4. Mary says:

    This should not even be up for debate. How anyone of those Congress could possibly object to this is beyond words.

    • Elf says:

      It always sounds reasonable when the congressmen refuse to immediately support any bill while asking where the money to support it is going to come from. That’s where all of the disagreement comes about. The right tends to want to take the money from safety net programs while the left want to tax the rich or reduce tax breaks for large corporations. Once you can break that logjam we might actually see some progress.

  5. SwiftC says:

    Question. Where are the ridiculous amount of conservatives who were outraged about, and commented on, the story regarding the FOX contributors who were suspended over using expletives on air to describe the President?

    You couldn’t muster up the same kind of emotion over 9/11 first responders being mistreated by our government as you could a couple of FOX contributors who violated FCC regulations? Of course not, because the most important thing to you is being able to insult the black man. Everything else, including the brave men and women who rushed to ground zero on 9/11, is secondary to you.

    I called my Senators and Congressman today, all of whom have yet to support the Zadroga Act. I hope you all do the same.

  6. Carm says:

    It is ridiculous that congress allowed the bill to expire in the first place. And Jon Stewart said that McConnell took it out of another bill to get concessions. What a despicable man.

  7. wooster182 says:

    Is there a petition to sign?

  8. True fan says:

    You can bet your life if the politicians had done the work of the 9/11 responders the politicians would have given themselves life time benefits. Not give benefits to 9/11 responders! Disgusting!