after a week of anger and criticism from veteran and advocate groups including comedian John Stewart, Republicans in the Senate finally agreed pass a bill that expands healthcare and benefits for veterans exposed to toxins.
“I don’t sure I have ever seen this situation when people who have already Considering so much had to fight So hard get so little, said Stewart, who joined veterans push for check. I hope we have learned our lesson.
A law known as the Covenant Act was passed in Senate on Tuesday evening in 86-11 vote.
Provide assistance to veterans who exposed to harmful chemicals while on duty, such as Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, or toxins from pits used for incineration military wasting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
branch of Defense estimates that as many as 3.5 million military personnel may have ended up in the incineration pits. in Near East. Such chemicals can cause According to medical experts, respiratory illnesses and cancer in those who were exposed.
Veterans are currently prove that illnesses were related to their service, and the Department of The Veterans Administration did not consider exposure to toxins to be a service-related condition. The department denied about 75% of statements of veterans about the burning of the pit.
Covenant Act Passed by House of Representatives last month and had support from the majority of Republican Senators to last week when coalition of they were kept up passage of the bill. Senators said they no longer support the bill after Democrats announced they reached a deal on major tax and climate bill on Wednesday.
Veteran advocates denounced the Republican turnaround sharply. Stewart called them “veteran cutlers”.in-the-back senators.” Protests broke out outside Capitol.
Tuesday night, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat, announced that he and fellow Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reached an agreement on check. AT news conference, McConnell said the Republican objections were part of “legislative process”.
“These species of back and the fourth happens all the time in legislative process, have you noticed that over years,” he said. “I think in end, veterans service organizations will be happy with in final result”.
Joe Biden praised the passage of the bill, saying, “We should everyone is proud in this moment.” In his final state of Union address earlier this year, the President of the United States mentioned that his son Bo, who served year- long tour of Iraq and later died of brain cancer, could have been a victim of burn pit toxins.
“The pact act will be the biggest expansion of [veterans affairs] healthcare in decades, Biden tweeted. “We can never repay debt we owe it who wore a uniform, but today Congress put on a promise to our veterans and their families.”