Senator, you’re not good at this argument thing. Basically we’re saying you love the 9/11 community when they serve your political purposes, but when they’re in urgent need, you slow-walk, you dither. You used it as a political pawn to get other things you want, and you don’t get the job done completely, and your answer to that charge is, ‘Yeah, duh, we’re Congress. That’s how we do.’”
Stewart called on McConnell to meet with the 9/11 community “tomorrow as soon as possible,” saying “you can pass this thing as a standalone bill tomorrow. Meet with them. I’m begging you.”
The reauthorization bill, which currently has 320 bipartisan House cosponsors, is expected to pass the House. It passed the House Judiciary Committee on June 12 and now goes to consideration by the full House. However, it is unclear if it will pass the Republican-controlled Senate. Previous renewal attempts faced opposition from Senate Republicans who objected to the price tag of reauthorization legislation.