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The United States Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to ensure that the fund to compensate victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks remain funded through 2092, effectively making the federal financial support permanent for those affected by the event.

According to NBC News, the bill passed 97-2. Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky were the two dissenting votes.


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One of the bill's most visible champions is comedian political commentator Jon Stewart, who gave a compelling testimony during hearings leading up to the historic vote.

Following the victorious vote, Stewart said that working with the 9/11 first responders was "the honor of my life."

The bill had 74 Senate co-sponsors and is expected to be quickly signed into law by the president, a native New Yorker.

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