Comedian Jon Stewart visited Capitol Hill with first responders from September 11, 2001, to speak to Republican lawmakers about conserving the funding for health insurance to those affected by the terrorists attack Monday.
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, Stewart and three 9/11 first responders explained why they were inside the U.S. Capitol, saying they are lobbying Republican lawmakers to try and get a bill, which would provide funding to victims of 9/11 and first responders
“People dying of cancer has no leaning which way. It affects Democrats and Republicans. We are Independent liberal Republicans, conservative Democrats today. We don’t care what you are, just don’t be an asshole,” John Field, a 9/11 first responder said to TheDCNF when asked if they were receiving partisan support.
“The funding is being slashed, so we’re trying to lobby to get the funding refurbished and have the VCF (Victim Compensation Fund) bill extended through the life of the Zadroga act,” Stewart told TheDCNF.
Field explained he started a foundation to help victims and received support from Stewart early on.
“These guys are cops and firefighters, correction officers, but I got hurt before they got sick and I started a foundation, knowing that people would get sick. The federal government finally caught up to me doing this for 15 years. These guys, they were bored, they were sick, they were dying and they joined me,” Field continued.
Stewart and the first responders said they visited Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina offices Monday and hope to get a positive responses.
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