In his first public appearance since stepping away from “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart and a group of first responders took to the halls of Congress to lobby lawmakers for the extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
For several years, Stewart has fought to get federally-funded treatment and compensation for the rescue personnel involved in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The bill could begin to expire next month if Congress does not renew it, forcing many with serious illness to find others ways to pay for costly treatment.
In front of the Capitol, Stewart said:
“I want to apologize to all the men and women, first responders, that you had to come down here today. I’m embarrassed. I’m embarrassed for our country. I’m embarrassed for New York. I’m embarrassed that you, after serving so selflessly with such heroism, have to come down here and convince people to do what’s right for the illnesses and difficulties that you suffered because of your heroism and because of your selflessness.”