With the Daily Show now behind him, comedian Jon Stewart plans to lobby Congress next week for a bill that supports 9/11 first responders. The move, announced by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, comes as a health program for first responders is set to expire.
The World Trade Center Health Program monitors and provides health treatment to more than 30,000 first responders for illness caused during the aftermath of 9/11. Many first responders suffer from illnesses like cancer as a result of their work at Ground Zero.
Stewart has been a long-time advocate on 9/11 first responder health issues. In a particularly memorable Daily Show segment in 2010,the former television host brought four first responders on his show to share how they felt about a Senate filibuster of a health bill.
- Meet TIME’s Newest Class of Next Generation Leaders
- After Visiting Both Ends of the Earth, I Realized How Much Trouble We’re In
- Google Is Making It Easier to Remove Personal Info From Search
- Oil Companies Posted Huge Profits. Here’s Where The Cash Will Go (Hint: Not Climate)
- Column: We Asked Hundreds of Americans About Abortion. Their Feelings Were Complicated
- A Short History of the Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the Marcos Family
- Long-Lasting Birth Control Is Already Hard to Get. Advocates Worry It May Only Get Worse
- Who Should Be on the 2022 TIME100? Vote Now