(Gateway Pundit) – Rep. Justin Amash was one of only twelve lawmakers who voted against the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which provides healthcare for victims and first responders from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Amash recently left the Republican Party and has not ruled out running for president in 2020.
Despite Amash voting against providing help for those who are still suffering from illnesses and problems related to 9/11, the bill passed through the House with a whopping 402-12 vote. It will now move to a vote in the Senate.
The $7.4 billion in funds that Congress had approved for 9/11 survivors in 2015 has nearly run out, which lead to assistance being slashed for those who rely on it. The Never Forget the Heroes Act will extend the Victims Compensation Fund until 2090.
NYPD Det. Luis Alvarez, who was one of the first responders following the attack, recently died of cancer believed to be related to exposure to toxins at Ground Zero. His death was just weeks after he testified alongside comedian Jon Stewart in Congress about the importance and necessity of this bill. He was just 53 years old.
“It is my goal and it is my legacy to see that you do the right thing,” Alvarez told Congress.
The family of Alvarez is now working hard to help fulfill his wishes.
“We’re not celebrating yet,” Phil Alvarez, Luis’ brother, told the New York Daily News in response to the bill passing. “I’m sure Lou is looking down and saying, ‘Let’s get this done already, let’s get this done.’”
Flashback: Jon Stewart Shames And Rips Into Congress For Not Showing Up To Hearing On 9/11 Victims Fund (Video)
Comedian Jon Stewart was not joking around on Tuesday as he scolded Congress for not bothering to attend a hearing to reauthorize the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund (VCF).
The former Daily Show host has tirelessly lobbied for the first responders who heroically rushed into danger during the terrorist attacks of September 11th over the years.
Appearing at a hearing before the House Judiciary subcommittee, surrounded by first responders, Stewart did not hold back his contempt for those who did not have the respect to show up.
“As I sit here today, I can’t help but think what an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process of getting health care and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to,” Stewart said.
He told stories of those who heroically rushed into the danger to save others, and are now battling cancer and other serious illnesses from the toxins they were exposed to.
“You should be ashamed of yourselves for those that aren’t here,” Stewart said, “but you won’t be, because accountability doesn’t appear to be something that occurs in this chamber.”
“None of these people want to be here,” Stewart added. “But they are. They’re not here for themselves. They’re here to continue fighting for what’s right.”
Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen responded to Stewart by saying that the other members could have had conflicting schedules, and assumed that they meant no disrespect.
“My subcommittee, every single member on my side, which is eight of us, have been here today,” Cohen said. “All these empty chairs that’s because it’s for the full committee, not because it’s disrespect or lack of attention to you.”