Kimmel Makes Emotional Return With Son in Arms

He issues plea to Congress
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 12, 2017 3:12 AM CST

Jimmy Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy's heart surgery. Kimmel was crying from the first moment of his monologue Monday night as he pleaded with Congress to restore and improve children's health coverage, a cause he has championed since his son Billy was born with a heart defect in April, the AP reports. "I was out last week—because this guy had heart surgery. But look he's fine everybody, he may have pooped but he's fine," Kimmel said, per ABC. "Daddy cries on TV but Billy doesn't. It’s unbelievable."

Billy needed one surgery just after his birth and had a follow-up operation last week. Kimmel kept up his ardent advocacy Monday night, urging Congress to restore the Children's Health Insurance Program, which has been left unfunded and stuck in a political stalemate since September. He slammed lawmakers for using the program, which covers around 9 million children, some of them with life-threatening conditions, as a "bargaining chip." "I don't know what could be more disgusting than putting a tax cut that mostly goes to the rich ahead of the lives of children," he said. "This is literally a life and death program for American kids."

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