9/11 responders speak to reporters after meeting with Mitch McConnell

9/11 responders speak to reporters after meeting with Mitch McConnell


A DEVELOPMENT ON CAPITOL HILL CONCERNING THE FIRST RESPONDERS THAT JUST WRAPPED UP. THESE ARE THE 9-11 FIRST RESPONDERS THAT HAD A MEETING WITH MITCH McCONNELL. THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT THAT RIGHT NOW.>>POLICE OFFICER MAT McCULLY, NYPD, THE FDNY. THERE’S BEN FROM THE 9-11 HEALTH WATCH. LISTEN, WE HAD A GREAT MEETING WITH MITCH McCONNELL. IT WAS PRODUCTIVE. MITCH McCONNELL MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE 9-11 COMMUNITY AND MY TEAM LEADERS THAT WILL BE PASSING THE HOUSE IN JULY AND AVOTE IN NOVEMBER. WE WANT IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO GET THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER’S COMMITMENT MEANS A LOT. MEANS THAT WE’LL WORK NOW TOGETHER, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AND THE ADVOCATES TO ENSURE THAT THOSE AFFECTED AT ALL THREE TERROR SITES, ALL OF THOSE AFFECTED BY THE TOXINS AND RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES WILL GET THE HELP THEY DESERVE. THESE MEN AND WOMEN, THE CHILDREN OF LOWER MANHATTAN ARE SICK AND DYING AND THE FAMILIES BEING LEFT IN FINANCIAL RUINS. THIS BILL WILL OFFER THAT RELIEF TO THOUSANDS OF MEN AND WOMEN ACROSS OUR COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY CAME TOGETHER ON SEPTEMBER 11th IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS AFTER. NOW CONGRESS HAS A CHANCE TO TAKE OUR WORST DAYS, OUR WORST WEEKS AND WORST MONTHS AND 18 YEARS OF PAIN AND SUFFERING AND MAKE IT THEIR FINEST HOUR. WE DON’T CARE HOW THEY DO IT. WE WANT IT DONE. TO GET HIS COMMITMENT TODAY AND ALL OF THEM IN THIS MEETING HEARD IT, WE’RE SATISFIED. ARE WE HAPPY? NO. WE’RE — WE’RE — WE’RE GOING TO LEAVE HERE AND LUIS ALVAREZ WILL DIE. IN THAT MEETING WE GAVE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL LUIS ALVAREZ’S BADGE. WE WANTED THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TO BE REMINDED OF PEOPLE LIKE DETECTIVE LUIS ALVAREZ. SO HE’S GOT HIS BADGE NOW. IF HE STRAYS FROM HIS COMMITMENT, THEN WE’LL GO BACK INTO ATTACK MODE. FOR NOW, WE’RE GOING TO PUT DOWN OUR SWORDS AND PICK UP OUR RAKES AND WE’RE GOING TO FARM AND BE WITH OUR FRIENDS THAT ARE SICK AND DYING. IF YOU WANT TO ASK QUESTIONS, WE’LL TAKE THEM.>>[QUESTION INAUDIBLE]>>THAT WAS DISCUSSED. I THINK IN AUGUST IT WOULDN’T BE ATTACHED TO ANYTHING THAT QUESTION. WE EXPECT A STAND ALONE.>>[QUESTION INAUDIBLE]>>NO BUT WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE IT IS. WE WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE. WE WANT TO LEAVE THIS TIME NOT LIKE 2010 AND 2015. WE WANT TO GO OUT WITH A LITTLE DIGNITY. WE WANT THIS BILL ON THE FLOOR BY ITSELF FOR A STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN VOTE WITHOUT ANY AMENDMENTS OR BEING TIED DOWN BY SOME CRAZY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY THAT DOESN’T GET IT. WE WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE AFTER THAT. IF THEY TRY TO WEIGH IT DOWN, THESE MEN, THESE GUYS ARE PITBULLS. THESE GUYS RIGHT HERE ARE THE REASON WHY WE’RE HERE TODAY. THEY WERE THE TEAM LEADERS FOR 10, 30, 40, 50 PER TEAM THAT WERE WALKING THE HALLS OF CONGRESS. OVER 1,700 MEETINGS THE LAST DECADE AND A HALF. THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE TODAY. LINDSEY GRAHAM AND THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER AND EVERYBODY OPEN BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, NOBODY WANTS TO DEAL WITH THESE GUYS. LOOK AT THEM. THEY’RE NOT PRETTY.>>WHAT DID THE MAJORITY LEADER TELL YOU? ARE YOU FRUSTRATED?>>YEAH, I’M FRUSTRATED. I’M ANGRY. I’M A BALL OF EMOTIONS RIGHT NOW. WHEN I GET ANGRY, I CRY. I’VE BEEN TO 181 FUNERALS. I’M ABOUT TO GO TO 182. YEAH, IT’S FRUSTRATING WHEN YOU SEE A DYSFUNCTIONAL BODY OF WORK THAT PROMISES TO FIX THE PROBLEMS AND THEY DON’T WORK IT OUT WITH SPEED. MOST PEOPLE IN AMERICA HAVE SOMETHING THAT THEY BELIEVE IN. THEY HAVE A CAUSE. EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE A CAUSE. A LOT OF THEM DON’T WANT TO GO TO THEIR STATE CAPITOL BECAUSE THEY DON’T THINK THEY’LL GET ANYWHERE. I HAVE A MINDSET DIFFERENT OF OTHERS. THEY WORK FOR US. THE CHAIRS THAT THEY PUT THEIR ASSES IN, THE PENS THAT THEY USE, THE PENS THAT THEY WRITE ON, WE PUT FOR THAT STUFF. THAT’S US. THEY WORK FOR US. MITCH McCONNELL WORKS FOR US. HE WORK FOR YOU GUYS. TODAY MITCH McCONNELL PROMISED TO WORK FOR US. I’M GOING TO TAKE HIM FOR HIS WORD.>>WAS THERE ANYTHING THAT HE BROUGHT UP OF ANY CONCERN?>>NO. TODAY WE CHALLENGED HIS HUMANITY AND HE PASSED.>>WHAT WOULD THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL MEAN AND THE FIRST RESPONDERS THAT HAVE PASSED?>>THEY DIDN’T — WELL, THEY DIDN’T DIE IN VAIN. THOSE THAT WALKED THE HALLS LIKE RAY PFIFER, THEY EFFORTS DIDN’T DIE IN VAIN. THIS TOOK A VILLAGE, THIS IS A SMALL PERCENTAGE. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT I BROUGHT DOWN, 30, 40, 60 PEOPLE PER TRIP. AND THEN THOSE THAT SIGNED PETITIONS AND THOSE THAT MADE PHONE CALLS TO ELECTED OFFICIALS. THE LEADERS OF THE UNION. THIS LITERALLY TOOK A VILLAGE TO GET 535 PEOPLE TO GET THEIR STUFF TOGETHER. IT’S THAT SIMPLE. I’M SORRY IF I’M CURSING. IF I DON’T CURSE, I’LL CRY. I DON’T WANT TO CRY. ALL I THINK ABOUT IS LUIS. I’M SORRY.>>WAS IT CONFRONTATIONAL?>>NO. OUR MEETINGS IN 2011 WERE HEATED AND EMOTIONAL. THIS WAS MORE LAID BACK.>>RELAXED.>>WE CAME IN –>>SUBSTANTIVE. WE COVERED EVERY ISSUE THAT WE THOUGHT WE COULD COVER. HE ACTUALLY SAT FOR THIS ONE. THE OTHER ONES HE WAS QUICK TO GET UP AND LEAVE HIS STAFF WITH US. HE ASKED THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. WE ANSWERED THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. WE ARE HAPPY WITH THE OUTCOME.>>DID YOU ASK WHY HE CHANGED? DID HE INDICATE WHAT IT WAS?>>BECAUSE WE’RE PAIN IN THE ASSES. WE DON’T GO AWAY. YOU HAVE TO ASK THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER. I WAS IT JON STEWART OR LUIS ALVAREZ’S TESTIMONY? I DON’T THINK MITCH McCONNELL CHANGED OVERNIGHT. I THINK THE ISSUE IS BIGGER THAN MITCH McCONNELL, BIGGER THAN ME, BIGGER THAN ALL OF US, THIS IS A GENERATION-LONG BATTLE. EVEN IF THEY PASSED THE BALL AT 5:00 P.M. TODAY, PEOPLE WILL STILL GET SICK AND DIE FROM THE AFTERMATH OF 9-11. THE OBJECT, THE WHOLE TIME, WAS TO OFFER RELIEF. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LIED ON SEPTEMBER 16 AND SAID YEAH, THE AIR IS SAFE TO BREATHE. THE WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK. THEY LIED TO US. WE HAVE TO FIGHT TO THE PEOPLE THAT PASSED THE LEGISLATION. SO IF YOU’RE COMMON SENSE THINKING PEOPLE, WRAP YOUR ARMS AROUND THAT BY THE WAY, YOU LIED TO ME BUT CAN YOU HELP ME NOW? WE PLAYED THE GAME. WE’VE DONE THIS A LONG TIME. IT’S NOT A GAME. IT’S OUR LIVES WE’RE TALKING ABOUT.>>WHAT ABOUT THE FUNDING FOR CURRENT PLANS? DID HE ADDRESS THAT?>>THAT’S IN THE STATUTE OF THE SPECIAL MASTER PUT IT OUT ON THE CARDS. IF YOU’RE CUT 50 OR 60% NOW AND THE BILL GETS CUT, YOU WOULD GET A SECOND CHECK AND MADE WHOLE AGAIN. THOSE EXPERIENCING THE CUTS, I’M IMPLORING THEM TO FIGHT, KEEP A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD AND HELP IS ON ITS WAY. WE’RE GOING TO GET THIS DONE.>>YOU SOUND CONFIDENT YOU WON’T HAVE TO COME BACK.>>NO, WE HAVE MORE TRIPS AHEAD OF US. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE — LISTEN, IN 2015, WE HAD 70 CO SPONSORS IN THE SENATE. WE HAD 290 IN THE HOUSE. WE HAVE 60 IN THE SENATE AND 327 IN THE HOUSE. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT? BECAUSE LAST TIME I CHECKED, THERE’S 435 MEMBERS IN THE HOUSE AND 100 IN THE SENATE. DID THEY WANT TO IMPRESS US? THERE WOULD BE 535 CO-SPONSORS AND WOULD PUT AWAY THEIR AFFILIATION AND GOT OFF OF THEIR WHITE MILKY ASSES –>>[QUESTION INAUDIBLE]>>THEY’RE IDIOTS. THEY’RE NOT — ANYBODY THAT CALLS THEM A FISCAL HAWK OR CONSERVATIVE, WE SPENT TRILLIONS WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION. I’M NOT GOING TO GET INTO THE POLITICS OF THAT. WE’RE SICK AND DYING. WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE. WE’RE NOT STUPID. WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS LONG ENOUGH.>>WE CAME DOWN HERE, THE SEVEN OF US, HOPEFUL THAT SENATE MAJORITY LEADER WOULD WORK WITH US, SUPPORT US. WE CAME OUT OF THAT MEETING, ALL SEVEN OF US THANKFUL THAT HE DID. HE SHOWED US THAT HE’S NOT ONLY GOING TO HAVE OUR BACK BUT HAVE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC’S BACK AND MOST IMPORTANTLY FOR US THE 9-11 COMMUNITY’S BACK. SO WE’RE HAPPY.>>IF I CAN SAY FOR THE FIRST TIME, HE SAID HE SENSED THE URGENCY AND HE USED THAT TERM HIMSELF. HE UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS IS A SUCCESSFUL FUND AND DOING GREAT WORK. UNFORTUNATELY THERE’S MORE PEOPLE SICK THAN THE MONEY THAT EXISTS IN THE FUND CURRENTLY. HE UNDERSTANDS THAT. LIKE JON SAID EARLIER, HIS PROMISE TO US THAT HE WOULD BUMP THIS UP TO AUGUST IS EARLIER THAN EVEN WE HAD EXPECTED. NOW, HE SAID NOT TO GET INVOLVED HE SAID NOT TO GET INVOLVED IN THE NUANCES. HE SAID LEAVE IT TO THEM. THAT’S WHAT WERE GOING TO DO. WE’RE GOING TO LEAVE THE POLITICS UP TO THEM. HE PROMISED US IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. LIKE JOHN SAID, SOMEBODY ASKED EARLIER, ARE WE GOING TO KEEP DUMBING COMING DOWN — COMING DOWN HERE. THE WORK COMES FROM THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO COME HERE AND TELL THEIR STORIES. IF MITCH McCONNELL SAYS I NEED YOUR HELP, I NEED YOU TO TALK TO THIS PERSON, THEN WERE GOING TO TALK TO THIS PERSON. LIKE JOHN SAID, IT SHOULD BE 100% PARTICIPATION IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE.>>HE SAT DOWN WITH US AND WE HAD A NICE DISCUSSION AND WE WENT THROUGH THE ISSUES AND HE UNDERSTOOD THIS WAS IMPORTANT TO FOLKS AND HE SAID THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE DYING. THAT WAS THE POINT WHERE JOHN GAVE HIM LUIS ALVAREZ’S SHIELD AND HE APPRECIATED IT.>>Reporter: WHAT ABOUT — DID HE MAKE A COMMITMENT?>>WITH THAT BEING SAID, OUR CONVERSATION WAS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WORKED IT OUT, AGREE ON SOMETHING AND THEN BRING IT TO US AND WE’LL LET YOU KNOW IF WE AGREE WITH IT. WE HAVE A NUMBER IN OUR HEAD. WERE NOT GOING TO SHARE IT WITH EVERYBODY. THE AVERAGE AGE OF THE 9/11 RESPONDER WAS 38 YEARS OLD. YOU HAD 12 SCHOOLS IN THE GEOGRAPHIC ZONE.>>Neil: YOU ARE WITNESSING SOMETHING HISTORIC WHEN IT COMES TO CIVIC POWER AND RESPONSIBILITY. THE 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS BILL NOW LOOKS LIKE A REALITY ABOUT TO HAPPEN, AFTER THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO REPRESENT AND THEY THEMSELVES ARE PART OF THE 9/11 RESCUE PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEERED TO HELP ON THAT TRAGIC DAY IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS AND MONTHS THAT FOLLOWED. MOORE HAD DIED OF EXPOSURE TO TOXINS THAT WEREN’T KILLED IN THE ATTACKS THEMSELVES. WRAPPING UP MEETING WITH MITCH McCONNELL. ONE OF THE BEST MEETINGS WE NEVER HAD, DETERMINED. APOLOGIZE FOR SOME OF THE SALTY LANGUAGE YOU MIGHT’VE HEARD. IT REPRESENTS A HUGE VICTORY FOR THESE MEN SPURRED ON BY JON STEWART AND OTHERS SAYING DO NOT IGNORE THEIR PLIGHT, DO NOT IGNORE THEIR HEALTH, DO NOT IGNORE THEIR PAIN.

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100 thoughts on “9/11 responders speak to reporters after meeting with Mitch McConnell”

  • Shabumkin Spleen says:

    McConnell, right at this moment is probably locked in a small room, stripped to the waist, blooded whip in hand as he savagely lashes his own back for the Republican sin of actually doing something positive for anybody in need.
    I wonder if he will manage to wriggle out of it in the end.
    I bet he tries to, just wait.

  • The Holocaust was the biggest Lie of the Century says:

    Hey psyopper pretending to be a 9/11 first responder. We don't buy your act.

  • With all due respect Sir, the people in the MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY get it. It is the Bat$h!t people on the COASTS of our country who DON'T GET IT.

  • After all they were in power all this time and did nothing, absolutely nothing, the only reason they have agreed is because the republicans were agreeable to this

  • Marimilitarybrat says:

    US citizens, veterans and injured first responders should come ahead individuals who are not legal citizens.

  • Yes these men should be taken care of Period!
    War
    Very touching moment I experienced while watching this ! These men are warriors! Fighting to keep ME safe! YOU safe! US ALL safe!
    I could feel the Pain of devastating memories that led to a victory, all to save OUR lives! God bless them /God make it possible for their wish to be granted. and God Bless America 🙏

  • The amount affected is endless! These brave men and women are leaving spouses families children friends behind for their heroic response on that day and the months after. My friend lost her husband 4 years ago with then 2 year old twin boys. It rips my heart out every time I spend time with them wondering if I’m being good enough role model for them to their fathers standards. To me money should never be spared for them nor will it even come close to their looses and pain!

  • I think the main reason the McConnell is going to act on this is due to the coverage of Jon Stewart testifying that was broadcast on every network multiple times thus bringing it to the attention of any American who watches news. It would be political suicide for McConnell to give these guys the run around this time.

  • if you want people to step up and risk their lives next time you need them… you better take care of these guys!! 150 billion to Iran and we cant take care of these people?? Really?

  • What is New York City doing for these guys that's what I want to know I definitely for helping him but I want to see New York City Annie up

  • Someone finally told Walking Dead McConnell that there's an election coming up and he can resume being evil after it's over.

  • These people should have been take care of long long time ago. If the Dems would have put them first instead of illegal most of these people would be living. God bless all of you🇺🇸

  • Dinkins masonry says:

    Heck yes and lets find out exactly were in the bombs that went off in tge basement floors and in the floors below where tge planes hit.these men and women deserve our countries best as they ran toward the buildings as everyone else ran away

  • Please, can Trump sign an Executive Order for this??? He would do it in a heartbeat!!! He loves all you guys!!! He loves NY & he loves USA!!!

  • Patrick McQuiston says:

    Those cocksucking DemoRats would rather take care and nurse illegal immigrants then our first responders and heros
    Smh

  • Great! They should give you what ever you need. God bless you all and thank you to all the brave people that helped that day! 😘

  • What took McConnell so long? Is it because of the upcoming presidential election? The first responders needs to sue the government, especially the Bush & Cheney family!

  • WaterEarth Mud says:

    3:47-have all fire fighters, police officers, paramedics and first responders strike for one day and let congress know who runs this country!!

  • 16 people gave this a thumbs down? You idiots are FOR terrorism and against supporting HEROES !?
    YOUTUBE, could you PLEASE report these people to DHS/ICE ?!

  • Donnie diapers polled nationally as the absolutely worst pres in American history. Scurvy pathetic traitorous 🐖…

  • In the real world. The owners of the trade center, and possibly the fire and police department should be responsible. That’s the way it works if you get hurt on your job. ………

  • seeking facts says:

    The way a person talks or in expressing themselves, is NOT the issue. in this politically correct ideology. But it's highly upsetting that these lefties, keep lying, and covering up their crimes. At the expense of all these innocent, great people.. WE NEED IN OUR WORLD.

  • Also the face of the Trump administration is the images of the father and his child face down into the river swimming for a better life and Trump cut their lives short

  • FOX NEWS…WHY DID YOU TAKE DOWN THE WHISTLEBLOWER CONTENT ON GOOGLE'S HEAD OF RESPONSIVE INNOVATION, JEN GENNAI'S D*MNING REMARKS ON THEIR AGENDA TO CENSOR AMERICANS' REGARDLESS HOW MANY TIMES CONGRESS MAKES THEM APPEAR BEFORE THEM IN HEARINGS?…;)…THIS WILL CAUSE & IS CAUSING, AS WE SPEAK, 'THE STREISAND EFFECT'…MORE WHISTLEBLOWERS ARE COMING FORWARD…YOU CAN'T STOP THE BALL ROLLING DOWN THE PROVERBIAL HILL…;)

  • metairieman55 says:

    God bless our first responders! DO NOT PUT DOWN YOUR SWORDS, GUYS! Our country was promised action when the Republicans asked for our vote a few years back with Boehner and Ryan and they turned from the people once elected. I loved your flowery language in the first part of the interview. So, in turn, I suggest you keep your f—-g swords rattling until you get what you deserve! You are dealing with POLITICIANS NOT PEOPLE WHO CARE! They want to give your money to non-citizens to acquire votes for their posterity. Deadbeats might get their frat parties and safe spaces for free while people die to protect them. People who have NEVER been enslaved may get cash for skin color. STAND YOUR GROUND NOW!

  • Chatla Suresh says:

    Along with Mitch Mc Connell meet and talk to Speaker Nancy Pelosi who talks to House, Congress. Nancy Pelosi shall take immediate action in the House floor.

  • God bless all these first responders. America owes them everything. They need help NOW! Cocaine Mitch better remember these men. Luis Alvarez's badge should be a daily reminder of these heroes!

  • all due respect to these brave men who worked the pile..the Government lied, to them not only about the air quality, but about who did these attacks. It was a treasonous act by those within our own Government, neo cons..Bush, Cheney, Israeli Mossad art students who were really mossad demo experts..the Saudi were deeply in on it.. Its Time the brave Firemen and Police of NYPD ought to investigate and stand with their brothers to demand TRUTH ITS LONG PAST DUE..who were these ART STUDENTS ..WHO WERE DEMO EXPERTS WHO WERE WORKING FOR THE ISRAELI MOSSAD.FOUR YEARS THEY RENTED SPACE IN THE TOWERS, THIS NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED.

  • If it is voted down we need a list of who went against it. They need to be proclaimed to America their defiant acts. All police and fire protection should be withheld from them. Its just not right. All parties make the right decision. I am fed up with politics.

  • ROBERT ANDERSON says:

    These heroes have developed a citizen's guide to lobbying 101. We all need to take a lesson from this model.

  • Brenda Contreras says:

    Thank you John Stewart for blasting Mitch. Wouldn't have been possible had he not shamed Mitch McConnell

  • Im not a fan of police unions and firefighter unions but they do desrve too be taken care of but nobody in there unions when my union was systematically dismantled like so many others while theres stands strong if they had shown the same balls and stand up to politicians who destroyed my union i had good paying job now i make 10 dollars an hour and barely survive where was there union hiding back in the 80s i pray Mitch isnt lying but they are so good at it

  • If u take this resolve and vote all republicans out office use ur power of vote and vote Democrat nothing changes until players change get ur union together vote republicans out in every State even if u get ur bill vote republicans out

  • Thank you Jon Stewart for making this happen. Mitch McConnell would have NEVER helped these heroes without being called out by Jon.

  • They already have we need to hold the people that were in charge of the
    funds accountable there was over 1million for each of them and the
    volunteers. Does no one pay attention?

  • Mitch McConnell and the Republicans are to blame for these heroes not getting the help they needed for the past 20 years!!! Vote them all out in 2020!

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