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The White House has delayed the signing of the high-profile PACT bill by two days after Republicans came under heavy criticism for delaying the plan over spending concerns.
After initially saying it would sign the bill on Monday, the White House delayed the signing until Wednesday, Aug. 10.
President Biden Staying in isolation due to COVID-19, two bills were signed into law on Friday during socially distanced outdoor events.
Veterans advocates have been pushing for passage of the PACT Act, a $278.5 billion bill that would put the federal government in charge of health care and compensate veterans for the effects of toxic exposures.
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“This bill will expand access to VA health care and benefits for veterans of toxic exposures and their survivors, improve care and research related to toxic exposures, and provide the VA with an important resource for veterans, their families , paramedics and survivors,” the White House said.
President pledges to sign the bill Once it reached the White House, it was immediately stated that the issue was a personal one for himself and his family.
The military uses incinerators to dispose of household waste, but also uses toxic substances such as paint, metal, plastic and human waste. Fires burning toxic chemicals typically occur near where service members live and work overseas.
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“When they came home, many of the healthiest, most trained fighters we had were different: headaches, numbness, dizziness, cancer. My son Beau was one of them,” Biden said at a White House event in June.
The Senate passed the PACT bill last month by a vote of 84 to 14, with a bipartisan majority. House of Representatives and SenateIt represents the most comprehensive reform of veterans health care to date, establishing a putative service link for veterans who are seriously ill from inhaling the toxic fumes that shroud overseas bases, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
The bill returned to the House of Representatives, which recently passed revisions but was delayed by Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, who argued that $400 billion had already been allocated in the discretionary spending budget and moved it to mandatory Sexual spending budgets are nothing more than “gimmicks” to avoid spending caps.
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comedian jon Stewart disputes GOP claims Regarding the bill, insisted that “not a word” was added to the copy of the bill that passed the Senate in June by a vote of 84 to 14. However, Stewart said one sentence was missed when the bill went to the House, but it was a provision about the Rural Veterans Affairs Department and not related to the issue of mandatory spending by Republicans.
“Not a single word was added to the copy of the bill that the Senate passed 84-14. So it’s not a matter of opinion. It’s not a matter of what I said. It’s a matter of record,” he said. “It’s been delayed long enough, it’s been 15 years. Along the way, we’ve lost friends and we refuse to lose any more.”
Fox News’ Perry Chiaramonte, Liz Friden and Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.