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WATCH: Jon Stewart Appears on Fox News to Bring Attention to 9/11 First Responders

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart gave an interview to Fox News on Monday where he called on Congress to stop hesitating and give permanent and full funding to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).

Stewart penned an op-ed for New York Daily News out Monday morning in which he lamented the news that the Justice Department is being forced to make drastic cuts to the VCF despite how first responders and families of victims still struggle with the aftereffects of 9/11. Stewart is on Capitol Hill to make a new appeal to fund the program, and he stood beside 9/11 responder John Feal to talk to anchor Sandra Smith about the importance of the VCF.

“These are men and women who have suffered great illnesses because of their heroic work down on Ground Zero during 9/11 and during the months that past,” Stewart said. “They deserve our attention. They’ve always answered the call for us and we need to answer the call for them.”

Throughout the interview, Stewart talked about how many 9/11 victims had to fight for health care by proving to the government that there was a correlation between the World Trade Center’s collapse and the sicknesses and health issues brought on by the hazardous conditions. He called it “unconscionable” that victims keep having to pressure Congress to get the support they need after everything they’ve been through.

“This is a national embarrassment and crisis. They’ve got to step up,” Stewart said.

The interview continued with Stewart recommending pathways to fund the VCF while Feal argued that anything less than full support for the program is a “failure.”

Watch above, via Fox News

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