Watch CBS News

Jon Stewart Returns To 'The Daily Show' To Push Zadroga Act

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Comedian Jon Stewart returned to "The Daily Show'' where he made a push to renew a law that provides health benefits for first responders who became ill after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Stewart was a guest on the "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah'' Monday night. He urged, badgered and exhorted Congress, especially Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to pass the Zadroga Act.

"How about this: hashtag worst responders," Stewart said. "Everybody get online and you tell Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and Congress: Do the right thing -- pass the Zadroga Re-authorization Act."

The law expired last month but has enough funding to last another year.

Proponents of the law are seeking its permanent extension, but some Republicans have opposed that, saying they want a chance to periodically review it and make sure it's operating soundly.

In September, Stewart led the charge at a rally on Capitol Hill calling on Congress to renew the law.

Noah took over as host of "The Daily Show'' in September, succeeding Stewart, who stepped down in August after 16 years.

(TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.