Last night Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show. No, not to scold his replacement, Trevor Noah for his tone deaf decision to book Chris Brown, who was convicted of felony assault of his girlfriend, but to urge congress to pass renewal of the Zadroga Act, which provides health care to 9/11 first responders.
He then spent the next segment excoriating Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for not bringing the bill to the floor for a vote.
“Sen. Mitch McConnell doesn’t give a shit about anything but politics,” Stewart said during a lengthy, scathing segment about the act on Monday’s show. “He is the key to getting this done, and so far he has been an enormous obstacle — unwilling to move the bill forward for purely political reasons.” [..]
The former “Daily Show” host notes the bill has the support to pass in both the House and the Senate, but is running out of time due to maneuvers by the leaders of both chambers. Stewart alleges McConnell removed the Zadroga renewal from a transportation bill it was attached to “when he didn’t get concessions about loosening oil export regulations.”
Time is running out for many of the men and women the Zadroga Act covers. Stewart urged viewers to use the hashtag #WorstResponders to contact their congressional representatives on social media.