Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Monday accused White House budget director Mick Mulvaney of “screwing” 9-11 first responders.
Stewart visited on Capitol Hill to speak out against a budget proposal that would "separate the World Trade Center Health Program from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health," CNN reports.
Speaking before a group of advocates, Stewart said Mulvaney’s proposal could single-handedly unravel the program that provides healthcare to 9-11 first responders.
"It is a special kind of incompetence that takes a program that was fought for for 15 years by firefighters, police officers, first responders, veterans and survivors, that has finally come to fruition, and is finally working well,” Stewart said. “It is a special kind of incompetence to want to turn that upside down.”
Stewart urged Trump’s budget office to “stop screwing” 9-11 first responders.
"I don't know if there are children watching, but I urge parents to put their children in front of the television to learn about government this way," Stewart said. "They'll have to rewrite Schoolhouse Rock as to how a bill becomes a law, and one guy screws everything up. That will be known forever as 'pulling a Mulvaney.’"
Jon Stewart joined 9/11 first responders & lawmakers to protest a plan to change the way their healthcare benefits are handled. I take a closer look at the details that critics say are hidden in the fine print of the president's 2019 budget. Cc: @RepMaloney @RepJerryNadler pic.twitter.com/ciLm8Xn9VX
— Samantha-Jo Roth (@SamanthaJoRoth) March 6, 2018