- The Washington Times
Monday, June 17, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fired back Monday after comedian Jon Stewart criticized him for dragging his feet on reauthorizing the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

Mr. Stewart gave an emotional speech last week on Capitol Hill defending a bill that would permanently reauthorize the fund, which provides health care benefits to people with illnesses related to the 2001 terror attacks. Speaking later on “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Stewart blasted the “cynicism that’s displayed by Washington” regarding the bill.

“I want to make it clear that this has never been dealt with compassionately by Senator McConnell,” he said. “He has always held out until the very last minute, and only then, under intense lobbying and public shaming, has he even deigned to move on it.”

Mr. McConnell responded Monday morning, telling “Fox & Friends” that the bill will be funded again.

“We’ve never failed to address this issue and we will address it again,” the senator said. “I don’t know why he’s all bent out of shape but we will take care of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.”

Fox News host Steve Doocy mentioned that Mr. Stewart took umbrage at the fact that so many members of the House Judiciary Committee skipped out on the hearing last week.

“Well that frequently happens because members have a lot of things going on at the same time,” Mr. McConnell explained. “It sounds to me like he is looking for some way to take offense. There’s no way we won’t address this problem appropriately. We have in the past, we will against in the future.”

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