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  • A Personal Appeal to Jon Stewart from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

    If every Jon Stewart reading this would simply devote his time to persuading the Senate to pass a bill — which, by all rights, should be seeing sweeping bipartisan support — then the Republican blockade of the 9/11 First Responder Bill would be over in just a few days

    Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s press secretary, told reporters on Tuesday that he hopes the Comedy Central host can persuade enough Republican senators to vote for a 9/11 health bill so it can head to the president’s desk.

    "If there's the ability for that to sort of break through in our political environment, there's a good chance that he can help do that," Gibbs said in his briefing. "I think he has put the awareness around this legislation. He's put that awareness into what you guys cover each day, and I think that's good. I hope he can convince two Republicans to support taking care of those that took care of so many on that awful day in our history."

    This year, please consider making Congress behave as though they were adult human beings with actual feelings of empathy.


    Robert Gibbs

    White House Press Secretary

    See also: Jon Stewart and The Daily Show May Have Saved the 9/11 First Responders Bill

    Tags: 9/11, First Responders, Health, Health Care, Republicans, Robert Gibbs, Senate, White House, Wikipedia
  • Jon Stewart and The Daily Show May Have Saved the 9/11 First Responders Bill

    Did you happen to notice how a week ago, when Republicans blocked a Senate bill that would have paid for health care coverage for 9/11 First Responders, there was this deafening sonic boom of complete silence that emanated from the cable and network news offices, and then how, after Jon Stewart dedicated an entire episode of The Daily Show to the bill's defeat and its resulting silence, all of a sudden people started to talk about how maybe this was kind of an important thing that somebody should have told people about?

    You did notice that? Well, you're not the only one

    In the wake of Stewart's show, ABC's Jonathan Karl ran a story on World News and the cable nets seem to have woken up to the bill's existence. On Sunday, New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand announced that a revised version of the bill, which reduces the cost from $7.4 billion to $6.2 billion — the measure is offset by closing a corporate tax loop hole — had gained at least some GOP support. Indeed, several prominent Republicans have come out in support of the bill with Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace calling it a "national shame" that the legislation has yet to be enacted.

    Sen. Gillibrand thinks there might even be enough Republican votes to get this piece of crazy liberal legislation passed

    "I believe we now have more than enough votes to pass this legislation. We have been working extremely closely with a number of Republicans and have made a series of changes to the bill. Americans will be watching closely over the next few days and expecting the Senate to do what is right and fulfill our moral obligation to these heroes."

    Wow! Who'd have thought that reporting on an issue could actually produce real world results? Seems so counter-intuitive, doesn't it?

    In case you missed it, The Daily Show 9/11 first responder episode is after the jump.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.

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    Tags: 9/11, Dick Durbin, First Responders, Health, Health Care, Jon Stewart, Kirsten Gillibrand, Mike Huckabee, Republicans, Senate, The Daily Show
  • Susan Collins Calls Cops on 9/11 First Responders Lest She Have to See Them

    The bad thing about being a 9/11 first responder is that, thanks to Republicans, no health benefits will be forthcoming as some small means of compensation for the immeasurable good they did for the country on nine years ago.

    The good news though is that, thanks to Republicans, when they arrive in D.C. they get themselves a police escort. Of sorts

    Republican senators were so worried about meeting with 9/11 responders who came here Thursday that at least one called the cops on them, the Daily News has learned.

    Even before the nine responders had a chance to start visiting senators' offices – where they intended to stay until meeting with lawmakers – they were greeted by Capitol Police, who had been called by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.)…

    "I'm deeply disappointed in Sen. Collins for calling the Capitol Police, but they welcomed us with open arms," said [9/11 advocate John] Feal, although he wound up with a police escort for the first stops on his visit. "I'm more disappointed that Susan Collins is hiding behind ideology, and now the police, to stop from helping us. And the people she called to stop us are just like us. It's a little ironic."

    Get out of here, you lousy first responders! If you didn't want chronic respiratory, you should have bravely dove head first into a mountain of smoldering rubble with no concern but to save the lives of innocent victims of a deplorable act of international terrorism!

    What? All of a sudden a selfless and heroic lack of personal regard is too good for you? Who needs you (anymore)?

    Tags: 9/11, First Responders, Health, Health Care, Senate