Toxic Burn Pit Bill Clears the Senate

Toxic Burn Pit Bill Clears the Senate

US Senate PASSES IT – The Vote Was Successful!

( – A bill to provide more aid and support for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits during their service finally made it through the US Senate after a rollercoaster ride of controversy. The Honoring our PACT Act provides billions in funding and a more relaxed approval system for those affected. The final vote was 86-11 in favor of the proposal.

The legislation passed the House of Representatives by a huge margin and was slated for advancement through the Senate last week, when Republicans in the upper chamber found an issue with the funding portion of the package. $400 billion in added discretionary budgeting would be forced into the mandatory column, creating an opportunity for Congress to go on a spending spree for items unrelated to veterans’ affairs.

Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) told ABC’s “This Week” that the pushback from the Right was over what was essentially a “drafting error.” The bill failed to make 60 votes when 41 GOP lawmakers refused to cooperate until an amendment addressed the issue.

Ultimately, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) denied a move on the amendment and dropped the legislation back on the floor for a vote. More Republicans ultimately decided to approve the bill as it was.

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