NEW YORK (CBSDC/AP) — Comedian Jon Stewart returned to “The Daily Show” where he made a push to renew a law that provides health benefits for first responders who grew ill after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Instead of hosting, Stewart was a guest on the “Daily Show with Trevor Noah” Monday night.
Stewart urged, badgered and exhorted Congress, especially Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to pass the Zadroga Act.
“He is the key to getting this done and so far he’s been an enormous obstacle, unwilling to move the bill forward for purely political reasons,” Stewart said of McConnell.
The law expired last month but has enough funding to last another year.
“It’s soon going to be out of money. These first responders, many sick with cancers and pulmonary disease, have had to travel at their own expense to Washington, D.C., hundreds of times to plead with our government to do the right thing,” Stewart railed.
Proponents of the law are seeking its permanent extension, but some Republicans have opposed that, saying they want a chance to periodically review it and make sure it’s operating soundly.
Stewart urged the public to take to social media with the hashtag “#WorstResponders” in an effort to get McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and the rest of Congress to get funding for the bill.
“End the f***ery!” Steward proclaimed.
Noah took over as host of “The Daily Show” in September, succeeding Stewart, who stepped down in August after 16 years.
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