Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart is speaking out against Congress to renew the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act that is set to expire next month.

To more than 100 responders gathered in Washington, Stewart, 52 says:

“I’m embarrassed. I’m embarrassed for our country. I’m embarrassed for New York. I’m embarrassed that you, after serving so selflessly, with such heroism, have to come down here and convince people to do what’s right for the illnesses and difficulties that you suffered because of your heroism and because of your selflessness.”;

“Nobody had to lobby you to rush to those towers on that day,”; he adds. “I am sorry, and I apologize.”;

Stewart assured everyone in attendance that all heroism will be needed to fight the lawmakers, whom he was expecting to meet at the Capitol.

“Today, on the Hill, you will be exposed to possibly toxic levels of bulls*it. And arrogance,”; Stewart says. “You’re strong men and women, but these are conditions you may never have faced before. So buckle your seat belts, and let’s get this done.”;

When asked who was to blame, Stewart replied, “whose lawn am I standing on?”;, careful not to point the finger at any party.