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McConnell pledges vote on 9/11 victims' bill after Jon Stewart criticism

The Senate Majority Leader met with a group of 9/11 first responders at the Capitol on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to call a Senate vote on a bill ensuring that a victims' compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money.

That's according to a group of first responders who met Tuesday with the Kentucky Republican at the Capitol.

John Feal, a recovery worker and a longtime activist, says McConnell has "a sense of urgency" about the bill and wants to see it approved before Congress goes on its August recess.

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Feal says approving the bill in the House and Senate by August would be "way ahead of schedule" and a credit to McConnell and advocates such as comedian Jon Stewart.

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Stewart has criticized McConnell and other congressional leaders for failing to ensure that the $7 billion fund is replenished.