Breaking News
More () »

Maine's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | Maine | NewsCenterMaine.com

McConnell pledges vote on 9/11 victims' bill after Jon Stewart criticism

The Senate Majority Leader met with a group of 9/11 first responders at the Capitol on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to call a Senate vote on a bill ensuring that a victims' compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money.

That's according to a group of first responders who met Tuesday with the Kentucky Republican at the Capitol.

John Feal, a recovery worker and a longtime activist, says McConnell has "a sense of urgency" about the bill and wants to see it approved before Congress goes on its August recess.

RELATED: 9/11 responder who testified with Jon Stewart over victims' fund enters hospice care

RELATED: 'I didn't mean to interrupt them with their jobs!' Jon Stewart responds to Mitch McConnell

Feal says approving the bill in the House and Senate by August would be "way ahead of schedule" and a credit to McConnell and advocates such as comedian Jon Stewart.

RELATED: 'I don't deserve this': Jon Stewart brought to tears by gift from 9/11 first responders

Stewart has criticized McConnell and other congressional leaders for failing to ensure that the $7 billion fund is replenished.