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41 Republican Senators vote against expanding healthcare to 9/11 first responders and veterans

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July 29, 2022 7:51 am
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41 Republican senators who voted against the Honoring Our PACT Act. The bill would have expanded healthcare benefits for more than 3 million veterans and 9/11 first responders who were exposed to toxins like those found in burn bits, and chemicals like Agent Orange. The bill also removed requirements for veterans to prove their illnesses had been caused by on-duty exposure to toxins.

“Ain’t this a bitch?” railed Stewart. “America’s heroes, who fought in our wars, outside sweating their asses off, while these mother fuckers sit in the air conditioning, walled off from any of it.” Calling the Republican caucus “cowards,” Stewart added that he is “used to all of it, but I am not used to cruelty.”

Stewart lambasted Republicans who had previously voted for the PACT Act in June in a 84-14 vote, yet now claimed opposition to a “budgetary gimmick.” (The current bill is essentially identical, but for a few technical fixes passed by the House.)

The former Daily Show host, who has dedicated much of his time to advocating for veterans and first responders, slammed Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and called Senator Pat Toomey a “fucking coward,” after they claimed they would not support the bill because it created a “slush fund” for discretionary spending. The $300 billion allocation, set to have been distributed over 10 years, was present in the original version of the bill.

In response, Stewart noted Republicans’ uncritical support for expansions of defense spending, which is set to top $800 billion next year alone.

“You don’t support the troops. You support the war machine,” Stewart said. “They haven’t met a war they won’t sign up for and they haven’t met a veteran they won’t screw over.”


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  1. by oldedude on July 29, 2022 8:49 pm
    You would only bring this up if it was in your political interest. You have ZERO interest in either of these groups. It really pisses me off when someone does this. You are both "posers" at best, or liars. You choose.


  2. by oldedude on July 29, 2022 9:08 pm
    I really find it funny that you could prove you are both part of the Liberal World Order and support the reeducation internment camps for conservative Americans and then lie about it. So you proved your true religion, so I get to act on mine.


  3. by Curt_Anderson on July 29, 2022 9:41 pm
    Here are some other posers and liars bringing this issue up for their political interest and just to piss you off, OD.

    Angry veterans advocates scramble to save toxic exposure bill after surprise setback
    (Military Times)Veterans advocates scheduled a victory-lap press conference outside the Capitol for Thursday morning in anticipation of passing new toxic exposure benefits legislation.

    But after 41 Senate Republicans blocked the measure on Wednesday night, the event turned into a obscenity-laced rage fest instead.

    Democratic leaders say they think other political issues played a larger role in the rest of the GOP caucus’ change of heart.

    “There are really only two explanations,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, said on the Senate floor Thursday. “The first is that 30 Republicans just changed their mind. Three weeks ago they thought it was a good bill, and three weeks later they decided that it wasn’t a good idea.”

    “The less charitable explanation is this: Republicans are mad that Democrats are on the verge of passing climate change legislation and have decided to take out their anger on vulnerable veterans.”

    militarytimes.com


  4. by oldedude on July 29, 2022 9:43 pm
    I honestly don't care about them. You LIED and continually lie for strictly political purposes. You're a fraud.


  5. by oldedude on July 29, 2022 9:44 pm
    Of course, you are citing "rolling stone" which hasn't been a source outside of the music world for 50 years. Well done. welldone.


  6. by oldedude on July 29, 2022 9:46 pm
    sorry, I'm having a really hard time telling you two apart. The ultimate liar and poser used the rolling stone because there is no other story in any reliable paper.
    My apologies.


  7. by oldedude on July 29, 2022 9:49 pm
    The real bbitch is that we could have actually had a discussion about this if you weren't such a pathological liar (that's a y'all).


  8. by oldedude on July 29, 2022 9:57 pm
    BTW, this doesn't cover over half the time of the exposures. They're missing big chunks of time where people were exposed. So really, the bill does jack and shit.


  9. by oldedude on July 29, 2022 10:01 pm
    And here's the rest of the story...


    "Some members had objected because the federal government would pay for the bill’s $278.5 billion cost through mandatory rather than discretionary spending.

    Mandatory spending includes entitlement programs like Social Security, and is set in law and in effect indefinitely. Under discretionary spending, members of Congress would control the funding each year through the appropriations process.

    Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said there had been an agreement between Tester and Moran for two amendment votes, but Democratic leaders have not scheduled those votes. Cornyn said the hope is for further negotiations to “eliminate some of the mandatory spending in the bill and the bill can pass.”

    Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey said in a brief interview after the vote that he wanted to address a “budget gimmick” in the bill that he believes would lead to an increase in spending unrelated to providing health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits.

    Toomey said he had “no quarrel with” the legislation creating $278.5 billion in new spending during the next decade that would be classified as “mandatory.”

    Toomey’s opposition to the bill comes from a separate section of the package that “would authorize $400 billion over the next 10 years of existing spending … to be switched from discretionary to mandatory.”

    “And the reason for that, is to create a $40 billion annual hole in discretionary spending under the cap,” Toomey said. “And allow all kinds of spending on who knows what.”


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