White House praises Jon Stewart for plugging bill to help 9/11 responders
Source: The Hill
White House praises Jon Stewart for plugging bill to help 9/11 responders By Jordan Fabian - 12/21/10 11:45 AM ET
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs praised television host Jon Stewart on Tuesday for talking about legislation stalled in the Senate that would provide health benefits for 9/11 first responders.
"I think he has put the awareness around this legislation, and that's good," Gibbs said of the "Daily Show" host. During his press briefing, Gibbs said he hoped Stewart could convince two GOP senators to vote to break a filibuster of the bill.
The House passed the legislation earlier this year but Republicans, led by Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.), have said they will delay it further. They argue the bill has not been properly vetted by congressional committees. The bill fell two votes short of the 60 needed for cloture when it came up earlier this month.
During his final show of the year, Stewart ripped Republican senators for holding up the $7.4 billion legislation.
2. I heard that this bill closes a loophole for insurance companies
but didn't really understand what it was. It's not that people don't want the emergency workers covered, it's the scope of closing that loophole (whatever it is?) has much broader consequences for our owners, the insurance companies. Maybe it had something to do with offshoring money?
3. it was originally paid for by closing loopholes
for corporations that were international but Republicans did not like that so now they want to derive the money from fees on transactions by foreign companies but the Republicans do not like that, either.
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