WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is slated to meet with 9/11 first responders on Capitol Hill today, according to multiple media reports.
The meeting comes amid a feud between the Kentucky Republican and Jon Stewart over what the comedian calls the slow pace at which Congress is moving to reauthorize the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund.
The fund must be reauthorized every five years. It was last reauthorized in December 2015.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is expected to pass legislation to reauthorize the fund sometime this week. The legislation will then head to the Senate.
Both Stewart and Democratic lawmakers have called on McConnell to meet with the first responders and their families.
Earlier this month, Stewart gave riveting testimony to the House Judiciary Committee. He was accompanied by several first responders, some of whom had illnesses such as cancer as a result of their work. Stewart decried the lack of attendance among members of the panel and called on Congress to expeditiously reauthorize the fund.
The fund was created shortly after the 9/11 terrorists attacks in 2001. It provides “compensation for any individual (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) who suffered physical harm or was killed as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001 or the debris removal efforts that took place in the immediate aftermath of those crashes,” according to the fund’s website.