Days after Republican lawmakers blocked a invoice to offer advantages for navy veterans uncovered to poisonous “burn pits” in battle zones, the Senate will take a brand new vote on the matter this week, says Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer.
Final week, 25 Republicans voted in opposition to the laws, which might let vets with sure sicknesses obtain incapacity funds with out having to show their maladies got here from their service.
The vote on the invoice, which might additionally broaden the window of eligibility to get care from the Division of Veterans Affairs, got here after years of efforts to assist vets injured by toxins from pits burnt from Afghanistan to Vietnam.
Final week’s vote was particularly galling to advocates since Republicans beforehand supported the laws. A second vote was solely taken on account of a technicality.
“Regardless of what occurred final week, when the GOP blocked passage of the ‘Honoring Our PACT Act,’ I’ll maintain a brand new vote this week,” Schumer, a New York Democrat, mentioned in a Sunday assertion. “This isn’t a Washington challenge. This can be a native challenge. We simply want Washington to assist clear up it.
“Our veterans deserve therapy for his or her cancers, respiratory ailments, and the numerous different sicknesses attributable to publicity to burn pits and different toxins,” he added.
Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) dismissed the invoice as being primarily based on an accounting or budgeting “gimmick.”
Toomey and TV superstar Jon Stewart — a invoice advocate who slammed the Republican “no” votes — took photographs at one another on Sunday.
Talking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Toomey accused Democrats of unleashing “their allies within the media and possibly a pseudo-celebrity to make up false accusations to attempt to get us to only swallow what shouldn’t be there.”
Stewart, the previous host of “The Each day Present,” responded with a zinger of his personal.
“I’d slightly be a pseudo celeb than pseudo Senator!” he tweeted.
With Information Wire Providers