The United States Senate approved the PACT Act on Tuesday night. This bill is expected to significantly expand veterans’ health care.
The Senate approved Tuesday’s final version of a bill that would improve health care and provide disability benefits to millions of veterans who have been exposed to toxic fire pits. This ended a short stalemate which had angered advocates and inspired many to protest outside the Capitol. …
The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 86-11.
They had approved the legislation in June but it was necessary to do a technical review. The process was halted last week when Republicans tried to alter another part of the bill and stopped it from moving forward.
Senate Republicans hoped that they could use the amendment process in order to obtain additional spending on the legislation, which was not related to veteran care-removed. However, those efforts were unsuccessful on Tuesday prior to the final vote in upper chamber.
President Joe Biden pledged to sign the bill
in reaction to its passage.
The bipartisan PACT Act is the biggest expansion of benefits for service-connected health issues in 30 years. Veterans who have suffered from toxic toxins may be able to access health services faster.
I look forward to signing the bill.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 3, 2022