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Dems Claim They Weren't Invited to 9/11 Victims Fund Signing. White House Responds.

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President Trump signed a measure to replenish the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund on Monday. Congress voted to reauthorize the fund last week after months of emotional hearings and pleas from the very heroes who benefit from it.  

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"Today, we come together as one nation to support our September 11th heroes, to care for their families, and to renew our eternal vow: Never, ever forget," Trump said in the Rose Garden ahead of the signing.

The media couldn't help noticing there were some empty seats in the audience.

Some Democrats defended themselves and said there was a valid reason they weren't there. The office of Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who authored the bill, claims she wasn't even invited.

"Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) was the lead author of the 9/11 fund bill," The Daily Beast reported. "But a spokesperson for her office confirmed to The Daily Beast that she was not invited to the event."

That's not true, according to the White House.

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Other Democratic sources acknowledged the invitations, but said they already had commitments.

Some social media users noted this was not a fair criticism, considering it was Democrats who urged for the restoration of the fund in the first place.

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Comedian Jon Stewart also deserves kudos for getting this done. He was on the front lines for these first responders for some time and was instrumental in moving Congress to act. When it came time to vote, it was nearly unanimous - a tally of 97-2. Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) voted "no" because they were concerned about the cost.

Since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, over 2,000 first responders and survivors to 9/11-related cancers and illnesses have died, the president reminded us on Monday. Thousands more are battling illness today.

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