Jon Stewart slams Congress over benefits for 9/11 first responders

“What an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting health care and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to. Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress." More of his emotional testimony: #JonStewart #FirstResponders #September11 #FDNY #NYPD

100+ Comments:

Rodrigo Algarte
Rodrigo Algarte:
This is a historical speech.
Zachary DuBose
Zachary DuBose:
Every single law maker and person who didn’t show up should be fired that is ridiculous
Boss Love
Boss Love:
👏 bravo Mr Stewart ! This chokes me up and makes me feel sick and I’m not even American!
Tan Jenner
Tan Jenner:
A country with more billionaires each year, the most expensive military in the world and these people have to beg. What a rotten system.

You are not angry enough!
Daniel Harvey IV
Daniel Harvey IV:
Yet the same congressmen that's not here today , will use 911 to pander tomorrow! Shame. A damn shame .
Sam in Bithlo
Sam in Bithlo:
Thank you for make this videos clip 9:11.
"They didn't yell death to Tribeca. They yelled death to America."
The Hammer
The Hammer:
He put his heart and soul into that.
Kawai Media
Kawai Media:
Doesn't matter whether you are conservative or liberal. As Americans we should all be furious about this.
In any other developed country they would have healthcare and disability benefits, just like everyone else.
I'd like the names of the congressmen who skipped out. They clearly need to hear from the public.
The Truth has been Determined to be a Lie
The Truth has been Determined to be a Lie:
This video is 9 minutes and 11 seconds long
Elvin N
Elvin N:
I salute you jon Stewart! I am from Canada and this is heart felt 🙏
Tim Stark
Tim Stark:
Any one who slams this congress is a true patriot.
Ben Cahoon
Ben Cahoon:
The 15 dislikes were probably from Congress members who didn't bother to show up.
Thanks Jon Stewart ❤

Shame on Congress!
Alex Ziolkowski
Alex Ziolkowski:
John Stewart has been doing the people’s work since 1999; the year he took over as host of the Daily Show from Craig Kilborn. This man is a mensch
Ghost Princess
Ghost Princess:
A sickening disgrace in so many ways, God bless them all ❤️
A L M A R U S : Discovery
A L M A R U S : Discovery:
Jon Stewart needs to come back and trash on all this corruption!
Great job on fighting for the men and woman who sacrificed so much!!!! Semper Fi
Gab rielle
Gab rielle:
" Your indifference cost these men and women their most valuable commodity--time. It's the one thing they're running out of. This should be flipped, this hearing should be flipped. These men and women should be up on that stage and Congress should be down here answering their questions as to why this is so damn hard and takes so damn long and why no matter what they get something is always pulled back and they gotta come back."

Sickening these issues remain from 2001 where these men and women put their lives at risk and when they get sick there's no fund for them to be treated?? INHUMANE!!!!!!!!

Why should we have to fight so hard on what should be an easy decision!!!
Daniel Harvey IV
Daniel Harvey IV:
In one ear , out the other .
Louise Dumais
Louise Dumais:
they have money for useless walls, useless presidential golf weekends, useless pay raises for themselves but not their dozens of staffers who do all the work for them, money to take +++ wh staff and family members who are useless on state visits....
jon rector
jon rector:
I'm no fan of Stewart, but this speech was powerful, strong, but most of all TRUE! God bless you Mr Stewart.
B N:
Great speech! He's using his anger to make a positive change. Much respect.
They love them as much as they love veterans
Alfonso Aguirre
Alfonso Aguirre:
I've listened to it back to back 3 times and it still sends chills down the spine. Great job, Jon. Now let's hope that they actually do something!
The men and women behind are true heroes, Congress is full of cowards
Tong Tong
Tong Tong:
We need the names of the congressmen/women who did not show up!
Dammit Jon. You went and made me tear up. You are a man with something to say, aren't you. A real man.
David Buttree
David Buttree:
If Jon Stewart ran for President next year, he would win in a landslide after this speech.
Brockton Ma.
Brockton Ma.:
Not on the same political spectrum as Jon, but his impassioned, informed speech brought tears to my eyes.
Josh Zakary
Josh Zakary:
I don't care if these congresspeople had responsibilities elsewhere. It is the message that you are sending to these first responders and the public at large with you absence. When a firefighter with stage four cancer comes to your doorstep, and you don't have to decency to face that person and hear what they have to say, just shows how little you care about their suffering.
kk doc
kk doc:
“Al quaeda didn’t shout, ’Death to TriBeCal’ “. So TRUE. This has been pushed off as a NY problem??!! Unbelievable disrespect shown to the heroic 911 first responders as evidenced by all the empty congressional chairs. Who have we elected for God’s sake???
As a fellow firefighter paramedic, the fact so many have forgotten, and appear to not care is disheartening. Thank you Jon Stewart! A masterful speech!
Verona Jianni
Verona Jianni:
No matter what your thoughts are about 911 and its details, one thing is real and that’s the real faces behind the clean up of the mess 911 left behind. These men are suffering the consequences by paying with their lives. Their health, livelihood and care are compromised. We should all be like Jon Stewart who is using his platform to stand up for deserved men and women. #911 #JonStewart #FirstRespoders #congress
BlueLine WoodWorks
BlueLine WoodWorks:
Everyone needs to watch this. Well said Mr. Stewart, well said!
Someone please name names, tell us who should have been there and wasn't.
Drew Winslow
Drew Winslow:
I hope... I really hope that Congress will take serious heed from this speech.
These brave heroes are running out of time.
sis cool
sis cool:
Now you can stand proudly for your flag, with so called patriotic government. where is the respect for those who put their lives on the frontline for the flag.
MJFree2BeMe Alldayo
MJFree2BeMe Alldayo:
💞Absolutely Soul Stirring and Such a Patriotic speech! 😡Shame On Every Single Senator Not in Attendance! Shame Shame Shame!!😡
jodie vukmir
jodie vukmir:
Where are our congressman! They should be there everyday! I work 10-12 hour days why can't they?
Marylee Carrier
Marylee Carrier:
Jon Stewart, I thank you for your support for these unsung heroes that did the very right thing for their fellow Americans in their greatest time of need. Bless you, and bless our 9/11 heroes.
suvignan pothuraju
suvignan pothuraju:
My whole heartedly slaute, respect and love for 9/11 responders forever 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸♥️♥️♥️♥️ Amen.
Samuel Williams
Samuel Williams:
I am a German watching this video from Europe. I think this video should go viral!
America Over Party Founder
America Over Party Founder:
Next time we decide to elect a TV personality I suggest it be Jon.
howard trommer
howard trommer:
My hero Jon Stewart. What courage!!!
I felt that speech... uffff. Jon Stewart you did amazing job, very powerful message sent to Congress
Bobbi Curtis
Bobbi Curtis:
You are a beautiful human being, Mr. Stewart! Keep it up.
Get'em john
R. I.
R. I.:
I may not agree with his politics....but standing O Mr. Stewart. And no notes.
I'm not with Stewart on much, but I am on this. Good for him for speaking on behalf of these heroes.
President Nixon
President Nixon:
He's right ~ you could hear a Pin drop in that room, and why, because Mr Stewart is telling it, how it is.!!!
Thankyou Jon Stewart.
Calvin McHoward
Calvin McHoward:
I hope the same lightning bolt that struck Benjamin Franklin’s kite comes back and strikes all the pieces of shit elected officials that didn’t show up to this hearing.
Thank you Mr. Stewart. I never liked or disliked Stewart but now I admire him more than words can explain.

Just noticed this video is 9:11 long.
CONGRESS SHOULD NOT GET PAID IF THEY REFUSE TO ATTEND !!!!!!! This is DISGUSTING!!! Thank you Jon Stewart, God Bless you for caring for NYC 1st responders!!! Not many would defend and support and stand by. Thank you 🙏!! To NYCs 1st responders on 9/11 and those who serve now thank you for your service you are true heroes!! ❤️❤️❤️
Just a Question
Just a Question:
It's like the USA as a country, a perfect metaphor for a shitshow
That O'Riordan Lad
That O'Riordan Lad:
I'm in Ireland and one time I flew over to New York from Shannon (the US army's stopover before crossing the Atlantic) and Stewart was with the troops on the way back. He was in amongst them and was chatting and joking with them. I've never seen respect like I've seen from Jon.

The man is a spectacular human being and this speech brought a tear to my eye.

The way the USA treats its first responders says an awful lot about your country and it's a black mark on that flag.
Lindsey Bullock
Lindsey Bullock:
Damn, Jon Stewart should be president.
My name is Mud
My name is Mud:
One of the greatest persons alive, for all he did and for his ability not to disconnect his intellect from his heart ❤️
Ben DuhPhukOver
Ben DuhPhukOver:
Strong speech.

Sidenote, way to end the video at 9:11.
Aaron Childers
Aaron Childers:
The way these heros are treated sickness me more than anything. They didn't say no to putting they're life's on the line they went into burning buildings without thinking but Congress will vote no on giving them money for health care. I was born on the day all this happened and not once since I understood what happened on this tragic day have I celebrated my birthday and I never will.
Gabriel Croft
Gabriel Croft:
This jaw dropping speech is the equivalent to Charlie Chaplin's 1940 "Great Dictator" speech. Notice he isn't reading from a single piece of paper, it's straight from the heart. God bless this man!
Brandon Kostinsky
Brandon Kostinsky:
Well said Mr. Stewart
Preston Phelan
Preston Phelan:
Can we get a list of everyone who didn't show up for this?
Much respect for Jon Stewart, No respect for the no shows in congress being disrespectful to the surviving heroes of 911, Never Forget !
Peter Bradley
Peter Bradley:
You guys need a public health system ASAP - this is just another symptom of a privatized health care system. Wheres' Bernie and AOC?
Hector Sanabria
Hector Sanabria:
USA still have people with courage and high values God bless them.
Always Money for Corporate Tax Cuts but not our Heroes, we need a Revolution.
David Towers
David Towers:
God Bless you 🙏😇 Brother 💯° Class , Top Shelf!!!
Keep our savior'$ Alive 😇
Joe B
Joe B:
Anyone have a list of who showed up vs who didn't on Congress's side?
Henry Dawkins
Henry Dawkins:
Trump should explain where M.A.G.A. is NOW.
Daa3.1416 Saa
Daa3.1416 Saa:
fire department should not answer to any governmental office if they are in fire..., only school , church and hospital.
Mike D
Mike D:
Jon Stewart for President, one of the best speeches that I’ve heard in a long time!!
Est 19XX1620
Est 19XX1620:
This is ridiculous thank goodness for ppl like him making this speech ...on a brighter note not to make light but POST MALONE seems to be recording in the background
Kevin Rowland
Kevin Rowland:
What do you expect these are not winners , innovators , wealth creators, people who know risk managment or how to position the country for success for gods sake THEIR POS!! POLITICIANS. They only care about THEIR HIGH LIVING STANDARD that you voters give them so they say what they want you to hear. But as far as actual effort LMAO please people WAKE UP its clear they do NOT give F about YOU
Henry Dawkins
Henry Dawkins:
Jon Stewart 2020. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Capt. Wild Bill
Capt. Wild Bill:
Sadly, it's not just first responders, I worked before and after in lower Manhattan. I was told it was safe to work there, now I am living with a 9/11 related cancer. I will always have it, I will have health benefits to cover the medication that costs $12,435 a month. But they want to slash my settlement because these cheap fuckers don't want to fund the VCF. Such bullshit.
Thank you Jon!!!
I love you Jon Stewart. And I'm not even an American. I'm Hungaryan.
Marie Kazazian
Marie Kazazian:
BRAVO Jon Stewart. You are excellent at advocating and thank you for utilizing your platform to fight for our noblest of heroes! Congress better do something. If they don’t We The People can unite & help!
abhishek gaur
abhishek gaur:
God give strength to the Responders. They are all Super Heroes. Thank you.
Wow 🤦🏼‍♂️
Subsoro ,
Subsoro ,:
That's right he slammed demorats for not giving a sheet !
Go talk to the Senate and ask them why they're not passing anything?
Justin Time
Justin Time:
It's crazy to think that as much Welfare and other ill-advised BS Govt Programs that are doled out,that we as country can't support these brave First Responders in their time of need.
Absolutely sickening!
A Reed
A Reed:
Cut Congress healthcare benefits
William Thomas Ramey
William Thomas Ramey:
I never watched his TV show, but right now I couldn't be more proud of and more behind Jon Stewart and the people for whom he speaks. I'm an atheist but god bless Jon Stewart
Sydney black
Sydney black:
He actually gave me chills...
end the Party System.
or this sort of travesty will always happen in the name of profit and control.
Les Brown
Les Brown:
Brings me to tears.
And I am not even any part of it.
Honest anger.
Nennie C
Nennie C:
Well said!
This speech will be a great scene in a high class movie one day.
Good job Jon Stewart
Len Wilson
Len Wilson:
I love Jon Stewart and miss him dearly.
Chad Small
Chad Small:
This speech will go down in history. It was legendary, and he's a legend for saying this and standing up for the people who stood up for us.
nicola jackson
nicola jackson:
This is one of the best speeches I've ever heard. I cried with you John x
Wayne Lovell
Wayne Lovell:
Yet there is ABSOLUTELY NO SHORTAGE of the ENTIRE CONGRESS (Nearly the whole body), who will line the walls, to the hilt, at standing room only.... insofar as it relates to IMPEACHING PRESIDENT TRUMP!

9/11 First Responders, FDNY/NYPD, Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan? You can’t even fill a small podium, with the electorate, to follow through on their obligation once the Hijacked Aircraft have landed deep inside the 98th Floor of the World Trade Center, and once the Bullets and Bombs have stopped exploding, buildings crumbing to Ground Zero, TENS OF THOUSANDS DEAD, and many more left with debilitating injuries and trauma, in order to see that our REAL HEROES ARE CARED FOR.

If we expect to send the Bat Signal up, and that Men will stand ready to answer that call, and run toward that explosion or gunfire, where the the ONLY thing awaiting them is a certain DEATH... So that the innocent can be SAVED, the already perished will not die in vain.... if we expect that emergency call to be answered in the future, this ARROGANT INDIFFERENCE BETTER STOP! DO YOUR JOB! Otherwise, when it’s you, perilously staring down the steep side of 100 Floors to the ground without a prayer in the World to save you, NO ONE INSIDE THEIR RIGHT MIND WILL BE COMING TO RESCUE YOU.... and then we will all be in a World of shit. No wonder the youth, the children of our society, are so nihilistic. They could give a damn less about the Constitution or American values, and preservation of something that Millions of brave souls died to provide & protect. Those very children have to look UP, and every single day, see this: Corrupt politicians, greedy & self-serving Corporations, and a complete lack of magnanimous leaders who LEAD FROM THE FRONT; and by EXAMPLE.
Republicans overwhelmingly voted against providing healthcare for 9/11 first responders while pretending to be "patriots" and now the Trump administration is trying to sell nuclear weapons to the Saudis who were the driving force behind 9/11 in the first place. Don't let anyone try to convince you both sides are the same.

Check it out:
Mr_Seasons Gaming
Mr_Seasons Gaming:
And rightfully so!
Roger Lee
Roger Lee:
Bravo Mr Stewart ! These brave heroes are running out of time.
Please run for president, Jon. You're a national gem.