Whether the former "The Daily Show" host holds favor with you or not, you can't deny the power behind the speech Jon Stewart gave in front of Congress yesterday, defending the first responders of September 11th, 2001.

If you're unfamiliar with the issue, Jon Stewart and a packed hall of firefighters, police officers, EMTs, etc. all filed into the chamber in an effort to convince Congress to pass a bill that would provide aid to the first responders of 9/11 struggling with health issues related to their service to the country on the day of the attacks. Unfortunately, they were addressing a practically empty House Judiciary Committee.

Passionate about the importance of these first responders and their heroic acts of bravery in the face of the worst terrorist attack in our country's history, Stewart was appalled and embarrassed at the turnout of those in Congress willing to hear what these men and women had to say. He called it "shameful" and "an embarrassment to the country".

Watch him roast Congress for not supporting our first responders, a.k.a. the most important and influential people of that day, below. CNN shared the emotional video to their Facebook page. Grab the tissues...


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As previously stated, regardless of your feelings about Jon Stewart, this is pretty amazing. If he didn't stick up for their right to health care support, who would have? If you come from a military family or one full of first responders, you know how important this message was for Congress to hear.

I, for one, am glad he made it heard. His speech worked because as of today, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has unanimously passed out of the House Judiciary Committee.

On this issue, job well done, Mr. Stewart

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