WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House Judiciary committee is set to vote today on the 9/11 victims compensation fund. In an emotional hearing, Jon Stewart and first responders called out politicians for not already providing full funding.
"Behind me a filled room of 9/11 first responders and in front of me, a nearly empty congress. It's an embarrassment to the country and it is a stain on this institution. You should be ashamed of yourselves for those that aren't here," said Stewart.
The fund is set to expire in 2020, and the special master who runs it previously announced plans to cut payouts by between 50 and 70 percent to ensure all are paid.
Representative Mike Johnson of Bossier City is the ranking member of the J Judiciary Subcommitte that heard from Stewart and first responders.
"John Stewart was there and has been a passionate advocate for first responders. As i told him after and publicly during the hearing, I understand myself. I've experienced it.. My very own father was a firefighter and was critically burned and permanently disable in the line of duty," said Johnson.
Johnson says he expects the bill to pass with a huge bipartisan support.
The bill's fate in the senate is still unclear.