As Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is lobbying for a pay raise for herself and her fellow members of Congress, here’s Jon Stewart absolutely laying into representatives for skipping today’s hearing on extending health benefits from 9/11 first responders:

“What an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting healthcare and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to. Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders—and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress.”


Oh, he wasn’t done:

This ended with a standing ovation for Stewart:

We don’t have an attendance report (yet) on who was there and who skipped, but this really is a bipartisan issue. Congress gets paid for THIS and it’s shameful that members of both parties skipped out on it.