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Senate Passes Bill to Expand Veteran Care on Bipartisan Vote

On Tuesday night, the United States Senate passed the PACT Act, a bill that is expected to greatly expand health care for veterans, on a bipartisan vote, the Associated Press reports.

AP:

A bill enhancing health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits won final approval in the Senate on Tuesday, ending a brief stalemate over the measure that had infuriated advocates and inspired some to camp outside the Capitol. …

The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 86-11.

It had also approved the legislation back in June, but the legislation required a do-over for a technical fix. That process derailed when Republicans made a late attempt to change another aspect of the bill last week and blocked it from advancing.

Senate Republicans had hoped to use the amendment process to get extra spending larded on to the legislation–which was unrelated to veteran care–removed, but those efforts failed on Tuesday before the final vote in the upper chamber.

In reaction to the legislation’s passage, President Joe Biden vowed to sign the bill:

The bipartisan PACT Act is the biggest expansion of benefits for service-connected health issues in 30 years. Millions of veterans who may have been exposed to harmful toxins will have quicker access to health care services and benefits.

I look forward to signing this bill.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 3, 2022

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