What have we learned from Jon Stewart? That sometimes, shame works. Stewart delivered a blistering attack on the House Judiciary Committee dragging their feet over the bill to permanently extend funding for the 9-11 Victims Compensation Fund. Apparently, his remarks resonated with lawmakers.
This, as the bill is moving forward in Congress – after the Judiciary Committee unanimously voted on the measure. Still, the fight isn’t over. The bill will need to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office before it can get a full vote in the House, but is expected to pass.
Now, even if the bill rolls ahead, it faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where they’re working on a similar measure. Either way, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to take up this bill in the Senate or else it dies. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Wednesday that he was "imploring, pleading, even begging" McConnell to do so. Time will tell what happens next.