Congress Gets in One Last F*** You to 9/11 Responders

Not even Libyan rebels get screened against watch list: Stewart
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2011 7:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Apparently, it wasn't enough that it took more than nine years to pass the 9/11 health bill—Congress still needed to deliver "one final kick to the nuts of the first responders, one final Congressional 'f*** you very much,'" Jon Stewart said last night. That "f*** you" has arrived, in the form of what Stewart is calling the "literal insult to injury amendment," which requires first responders to be screened against the terrorist watch list before receiving any benefits.

"You want 9/11 first responders to know that before they get their chemo money for the cancer they got sifting through World Trade Center rubble in hopes of helping to identify those we lost in the attack," we have to make sure they're not terrorists? asked an incredulous Stewart. "You know who else has to go through that type of check to get their money? Um, nobody." Heck, we'll even give banks billions in bailout money or arm Libyan rebels without checking them against the terrorist watch list. Watch his two-part rant in the gallery or see more of his thoughts on the first responders bill here and here.

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