#Hashtag: Jon Stewart lobbies Congress for 9/11 responders


Jon Stewart yesterday took a visit to Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of 9/11 responders and survivors, to argue for a permanent extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

According to Politico’s article, “Mr. Stewart goes to Washington,” the bill “provides annual health care and compensation for World Trade Center survivors and responders.”

Viewers of his from the Daily Show know that this has been a long passion of his to get passed. Stewart, of course, played a big role in the nation trying to process the horrific event of 2001 during the immediate aftermath with his impassioned and emotional reaction, giving another clear and mournful voice of our grief.

Politico’s article detailed his trip to Washington further yesterday. “’I have a warning: today, on the Hill, you will be exposed to possibly toxic levels of bullshit and arrogance. You’re strong men and women, but these are conditions you may have never seen before,’ Stewart, joined by dozens of first responders, activists, and lawmakers, joked before entering the Capitol. ‘Nobody had to lobby you to rush to the towers on that day.’”

Though hopefully this signals significant enough support to pass this obviously-needed bill, Jon Stewart’s arrival does bring up some difficult questions.

Hi, I’m Jonathan. I graduate this December, majoring in Anthropology, with minors in Creative Writing and Political Science. After that … we’ll see. Maybe graduate school in environmental anthropology. Maybe I’ll finally pursue my old childhood dream of becoming an infomercial host. It’s up in the air. Some of my interests and hobbies include devout sports fanaticism, religious study, and composing country songs that serve to explain the unearthly amount of disdain I have for country music. My band’s called Catfish Hurricane, you should check us out. Well, actually, you shouldn’t. I love writing, which is how I accidentally stumbled into this job. This stumbling into good things is my plan for life in general.