Mitch McConnell sounded bemused Monday when he addressed Jon Stewart's criticism of his alleged foot-dragging on the 9/11 victims' fund. "We have never failed to address this issue, and we will address it again," McConnell told Fox and Friends, per the Washington Post. "I don’t know why he’s all bent out of shape, but we will take care of the 9/11 victims compensation fund." On Fox News Sunday, the former Daily Show host accused the Senate majority leader of always holding out "until the very last minute" on the issue. In Congress, McConnell said Monday, "many things happen at the last minute." In a tweet Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged McConnell to hold a vote as soon as the funding bill passed the House, "because 9/11 victims are getting sicker, and the last time this bill came up you delayed."
The House Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved the bill, which would fund compensation for 9/11 first responders through 2090. Stewart, who has long been an advocate for the cause, fired back at McConnell on the Late Show on Monday night saying he was "bent out of shape" for "the first heroes and veterans and victims of the great trillions of dollars war on terror," CNN reports. He accused McConnell of using the issue as a "political pawn" and said: "If you want to know why the 9/11 community is bent out of shape over these past, let’s call it 18 years, meet with them, tomorrow, as soon as possible, and don’t make them beg for it." (Stewart yelled at absent lawmakers during a hearing on funding reauthorization last week.)