It was Sept. 16, just a few days after the 14th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. Over the previous five months, sick and dying 9/11 responders had visited lawmakers’ offices on Capitol Hill hundreds of times, trying to get the Zadroga Act renewed. They arrived in wheelchairs, lugging oxygen tanks or inhalers, and stayed in the sorts of hotels where they once found crime scene chalk still marking the floor. Each day, they covered as many as 13 miles in the corridors of power as they begged legislators not to leave them, their families and their fellow responders without the resources to deal with their illnesses.
Just when it looked like a new 9/11 health and compensation law was on the brink of being finalized -- and after House Speaker Paul Ryan threw his support behind it -- sources told The Huffington Post troubling last-minutes snags were emerging. At one point, sources said, the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the health portion of the bill, had left off the name of the legislation -- the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. It was named after a New York City detective who died from illnesses he contracted working on the recovery efforts in the aftermath of the 2001 terror attacks.
Jon Stewart walked away from his role as host of "The Daily Show" only four months ago, but his return to the set Monday night as a guest showed the late night talk veteran's words still carry weight, reports CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers. Bearded and casually dressed, Stewart returned home, not to check up on the new tenants occupying the house, but to advocate for a cause close to his heart.
Jon Stewart joined a group of 9/11 first responders and New York lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday in an effort to convince Congress to permanently extend a federal law offering health care to rescue workers injured or sickened in the September 11th, 2001 attacks.