Need A Bill Passed? Just Call Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart has been lobbying for passage of the Zadroga Act for first responders, and it looks like it's worked.
If you really want a bill to get passed in Congress, it apparently helps to have Jon Stewart on your side.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have both pledged Congress will reauthorize a bill that provides health care to 9/11 first responders before the end of the year.
For weeks, Stewart and first responders have been passionately and very publicly demanding Congress move on the bill after some portions expired this year. Funding for the bill is expected to run out next summer. (Video via The Huffington Post)
"Sen. Mitch McConnell doesn't give a [expletive] about anything but politics," Stewart said on his first trip back to "The Daily Show."
McConnell, who's borne the brunt of Stewart's attacks, denied a rumor that he'd personally advocated to remove the 9/11 bill from a transportation funding bill passed earlier this month. (Video via The Wall Street Journal)
But McConnell seems to be downplaying how effective Stewart's campaign for the bill's passage has been. He told Politico Congress always planned to address the fund, saying, "We're certainly going to finish. ... Everybody's for it. It's going to be included."
The bill is tied to a spending deal that must be passed by the middle of next week to keep the government open.
This video includes images from Getty Images.
Concerns over prayer breakfast lead Congress to take it over
The organizer and host for this year's breakfast will be the National Prayer Breakfast Foundation, headed by former Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.By Patrick Semansky /AP
House GOP seeks new restrictions on use of US oil stockpile
Pres. Biden withdrew 180 million barrels from the strategic reserve over several months, bringing the stockpile to its lowest level since the 1980s.By Department of Energy / AP
House GOP wastes no time launching investigations
With their new majority in hand, House Republicans have made it clear that government oversight will be a huge focus.By Jose Luis Magana / AP
Israel's new government sparks concern for the future of its democracy
Far-right changes to Israel's government has some experts and citizens concerned for the future rule of law in the country.By Reuters / AP
WHO says COVID remains an emergency but is in transition
The World Health Organization said there is still uncertainty in COVID-19's future, but the virus is at a "transition point."By Shutterstock
First Native American woman in space talks to reservation's students
Students on the Flathead Indian Reservation asked Nicole Mann questions as she was aboard the International Space Station.By NASA