Jon Stewart urges Congress to expand 9/11 victims fund

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Comedian Jon Stewart has a serious message for Congress, extend the compensation program for 9/11 terror attack survivors and emergency responders.

The former host of The Daily Show joined union officials and survivor groups in Washington.

They want Congress to provide more funding for the victim compensation fund, and to make it permanent.

The fund is set to expire in 2020, and the special master in charge of the fund recently announced plans to cut payouts by up to 70%.

“The Trump Justice Department is doing an excellent job administrating this program. That’s why we’re in the problem we’re in, the program works exactly like it’s supposed to. So now it’s Congress’ job to fund it properly and let these people live in peace.”

The fund compensates people who were hurt or killed during the attacks or as first responders.

This program originally paid seven billion dollars from 2001 to 2003.

It was reopened in 2011, and it was extended another five years in 2015.

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(This story was originally published on February 25 2019)

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