House Committee Advances Bill To Replenish 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

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WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) — The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would replenish the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund following an emotional hearing.

Comedian Jon Stewart joined sickened first responders and students on Capitol Hill for the hearing Tuesday and blasted lawmakers for forcing them to beg for help.

Stewart said the disrespect shown to first responders is “utterly unacceptable.”

Retired NYPD Det. Luis Alvarez also testified at the hearing, one day before his 69th round of chemotherapy.

“I should not be here with you, but you made me come,” Alvarez told lawmakers.

Speaking with WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell, he noted that he, and other cancer-stricken first responders had a duty to come to Capitol Hill and demand Congress replenish the fund that has nearly run dry.

“We have to do it, because if we don’t do it, nobody else will,” he said.