Chuck Schumer credits Jon Stewart as a key strategist behind the push for a permanent 9/11 fund. But if you ask Stewart, the driving force was a construction worker from Nesconset, Long Island, who called Mitch McConnell an asshole on television—and got him to go along anyway. The man is John Feal, who had his foot crushed at Ground Zero in September 2001. He went on to spend the next 18 years fighting, first against a system that failed to work for him, and then for other su
WASHINGTON - If there's one thing 9/11 responders have learned over the last decade and a half, it's that Congress won't do anything to soothe the illness and tragedy that is still unfolding 17 years after the attacks -- unless it's forced to. So, with the 9/11 compensation fund set to expire in 2020 -- and maybe run out of money early -- they're getting an early start trying to persuade the lawmakers in Washington to do better this time. "This is my 259th trip, now, to DC,"