Now to clarify, some of the congressman's seats were empty because the room is sometimes used for larger hearings. However out of the 14 committee members, only 8 attended.
Stewart’s rant came on the heels of testimony from Luis Alvarez, a retired NYPD detective who had responded to the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Less than 24 hours from now, I will be starting my 69th round of chemotherapy,” said Alvarez, who has liver cancer. “Yeah, you heard that correct.”
“I should not be here with you, but you made me come. You made me come because I will not stand by and watch as my friends with cancer from 9/11, like me, are valued less than anyone else because of when they get sick, they die,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez received a standing ovation after concluding his opening remarks.
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