Stewart is an advocate for the “Zadroga Act,” which would pay the 9/11 first responders’ immense healthcare bills, and he wielded sharp humor to make his point. The act was named after New York police officer, James Zadroga, who died of respiratory disease due to his 9/11 rescue efforts.
Responders, many of them very sick, must go to Washington, D.C. every year and beg Congress for healthcare.
Their illnesses are a direct result of the air they breathed during the rescue. George W. Bush’s White House Council on Environmental Quality influenced:
“…the information EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] communicated to the public through its early press releases when it convinced EPA to add reassuring statements and delete cautionary ones.”
Stewart broke into Colbert’s opening monologue to ask for help publicizing the responders’ legislation.
Brilliant as always, “The Late Show” host told Stewart that no way the media, let alone the Congress conservatives, would listen to him. Colbert said Stewart had “no zazz.”
Ever helpful, Colbert brought out an outrageous orange-like wig and “make-up” of orange dust pulled directly from a fresh bag of Cheetos. Admiring his work, Colbert told Stewart he needed to “Trump it up a little bit.”
Stewart caught a glimpse of himself in the monitor and nearly lost it, but he pulled it together and did an hysterical Trump impression of an ask for the “Zadroga Act” passage.
Stewart spent last week on Capitol Hill garnering support from individual Congress members to support the “Zadroga Act.” McConnell promised to attach the Zadroga Act to the transportation bill to ensure its passage.
He lied. The transportation bill passed earlier this week, but McConnell reneged on his promise. He left the healthcare act out.
Stewart said that the Senator withheld the “Zadroga Act” for “purely political reasons.”’
“I’m confident it gets done sometime within the week. They want to go home for holidays.
“We have 67 bipartisan co-sponsors in the Senate and 270 in the House. We’re in a good place. Our story, our ending to tell. With 600 meeting.s 22 trips to D.C., our team effort for 12 years.’
Back at the “Late Show,” Colbert said he believed that everyone would want the bill to pass, then he paused to pour acid on his final retort:
“Well, everybody human.”
Stewart, still in Trump character, said:
“Pass the Zadroga Act, or I will glue Congress together, dip them in gold and wear them around my freggin’ neck!”
I couldn’t have said it better.
Watch Jon Stewart’s full appearance on the “Late Show” below: