'It's absolutely outrageous': Jon Stewart slams Rand Paul for delaying 9/11 first responder bill
Comedian and advocate Jon Stewart blasted Sen. Rand Paul Wednesday hours after the Kentucky Republican delayed a vote after the Senate attempted to reauthorize a fund that compensates victims of 9/11.
"It's absolutely outrageous, and you'll pardon me if I'm not impressed in any way by Rand Paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," Stewart, who has repeatedly advocated for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, said in an interview with Fox News.
"Rand Paul presented tissue paper avoidance of the $1.5 trillion tax cut that added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit and now he stands up at the last minute, after 15 years of blood, sweat, and tears from the 9/11 community, to say that it's all over now and we're going to balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community."
Paul objected to the projected cost of the bill that would reauthorize the compensation fund, which was created after 9/11 to help pay for medical and economic losses as a result of the terrorist attacks.
The estimated costs to pay the outstanding claims and future claims would be $10.2 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
"Any new spending...should be offset by cutting spending that is less valuable. We need to at the very least have this debate,” Paul said on the Senate floor. "I will be offering an amendment if the bill should come to the floor but until then I will object."
18th July 2019