WASHINGTON DC (CNN) — Comedian Jon Stewart’s criticism of congress and his plea for the extension of benefits for 9-11 victims seems to have worked.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is meeting with 9-11 First Responders on Capitol Hill.
The meeting has reportedly been in the works for week — well before Stewart’s emotional testimony.
An issue is funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
The current law, which was last renewed in 2015, expires next year.
The fund’s administrator says it doesn’t have enough money to pay out all the current claims now.
The House Committee passed a bill last week. It doesn’t call for a specific amount of funds, but whatever sums necessary through 2090.
(This story was originally published on June 25, 2019)