NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Comedian Jon Stewart returned to “The Daily Show” where he made a push to renew a law that provides health benefits for first responders who became ill after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Stewart was a guest on the “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” Monday night. He urged, badgered and exhorted Congress, especially Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to pass the Zadroga Act.READ MORE: Robbery Suspect Accused Of Pushing Woman Using ATM In Queens, Withdrawing $1,000
“How about this: hashtag worst responders,” Stewart said. “Everybody get online and you tell Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and Congress: Do the right thing — pass the Zadroga Re-authorization Act.”
The law expired last month but has enough funding to last another year.READ MORE: NYPD Searching For Suspect Accused Of Pistol-Whipping Man In Coney Island
Proponents of the law are seeking its permanent extension, but some Republicans have opposed that, saying they want a chance to periodically review it and make sure it’s operating soundly.
In September, Stewart led the charge at a rally on Capitol Hill calling on Congress to renew the law.
Noah took over as host of “The Daily Show” in September, succeeding Stewart, who stepped down in August after 16 years.MORE NEWS: Police: Woman Threatened With Metal Rod During Brooklyn Robbery
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