Senate Approves Bill To Ensure 9/11 Victim's Fund NEVER Runs Out Of Money


Members Of Congress Hold A Press Conference With 9/11 First Responders After 'September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act' Vote

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Remember when Jon Stewart, the former host of the Daily Show, testified on Capitol Hill on behalf of all 9/11 first responders?

Watch this video we posted if you need a refresher:

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Watch Jon Stewart Stand Up For 9/11 First Responders

Well, now the Senate has officially approved a bill that will ensure the 9/11 Victim's Fund NEVER runs out of money. The bill, which makes the Fund essentially permanent by officially extending it through the year 2092, passed by an overwhelming 97-2 vote on Tuesday and will now head to the White House.

"We can never repay all the 9/11 community has done for our country, but we can stop penalizing them," Jon Stewart said. "I'm hopeful that today begins the process of being able to heal without the burden of having to advocate."

Debate over the bill first went viral last month when former Daily Show host Jon Stewart testified on Capitol Hill, calling it "shameful" that more lawmakers didn't attend the hearing.

"As I sit here today, I can't help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting health care and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to," Stewart told the subcommittee in June. "Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders; and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress."

Check out the full report on KFI below:

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Congress Passes Permanent Extension For 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund


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