Former Daily Show Host Jon Stewart. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Jon Stewart slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Monday for saying he didn't know why the comedian was "all bent out of shape" over the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

Catch up quick: The former host of "The Daily Show" told "'Fox News Sunday" first responders were "at the end of their rope" with Congress. Stewart said Republicans as well as Democrats had supported the 9/11 funding issue, which he said has it "has never been dealt with compassionately by Sen. McConnell."

"This is not a Republican-Democrat issue. ... Not all Republicans oppose this, but everyone who has opposed it is a Republican."

The other side: McConnell responded to the remarks of on "Fox & Friends" earlier Monday. "We never failed to address this issue and we will address it again," he said. "I don’t know why he’s all bent out of shape, but we will take care of the 9/11 victims compensation fund."

  • McConnell also took issue with Stewart's criticism of Congressional members' low attendance at a House Judiciary Committee meeting on Tuesday, as he spoke as an advocate for 9/11 responders and survivors on reauthorizing the compensation fund.
"That frequently happens because members have a lot of things going on at the same time. It sounds to me like he’s looking for some way to take offense."

The big picture: The House Judiciary Committee unanimously voted on Thursday to advance the compensation fund, a day after Stewart made a passionate speech in Congress in which he criticized lawmakers' low attendance.

What's next? The bill will now go to the House floor, where it is likely to pass.

Go deeper: The 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund is running out

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Senate passes bill funding government through December

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to fund the federal government through Dec. 11, by a vote of 84-10.

Where it stands: The legislation will avert a government shutdown before funding expires Wednesday night and before the Nov. 3 election. The House passed the same measure last week by a vote of 359-57 after House Democrats and the Trump administration agreed on the resolution.

  • Both sides agreed early in negotiations that the bill should be a "clean" continuing resolution — meaning each party would only make small changes to existing funding levels so the measure would pass through both chambers quickly, Axios' Alayna Treene reported last week. The bill now goes to President Trump for signature.
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The age of engineering life begins

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Synthetic biology startups raised some $3 billion through the first half of 2020, up from $1.9 billion for all of 2019, as the field brings the science of engineering to the art of life.

The big picture: Synthetic biologists are gradually learning how to program the code of life the way that computer experts have learned to program machines. If they can succeed — and if the public accepts their work — synthetic biology stands to fundamentally transform how we live.

Biden will allow lobbyists to join transition team

Biden speaks at a campaign stop at Pittsburgh Union Station Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Joe Biden's presidential transition office will allow lobbyists to help shape his potential administration, but will require them to receive a waiver to participate if they engaged in lobbying activity in the last twelve months.

Why it matters: Presidential transition teams are instrumental in establishing a new administration, and the rules that govern them are often a template for the ethics guidelines that the new administration imposes after the inauguration.