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Republicans Beware: America’s Veterans Have Very, Very Long Memories
Those legislators who voted against the Honoring Our Pact Act (HR 3967) will pay the price come November.
Every person who enlists or is drafted into one of the Armed Forces of the United States of America enters into a pact with our federal government that says, if injured while performing our duties, we are entitled to compensation and personal care at no cost to us.
There is a bill currently being discussed in the Senate that would amend our existing laws to include more disabilities from exposure to certain toxic chemicals/substances.
The full name of this bill is the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022 or the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022
This bill addresses health care, presumption of service-connection, research, resources, and other matters related to veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during military service — https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/3967.
It was first introduced in Congress on June 17th, 2021 and has undergone the changes necessary to introduce the bill to the full House for a vote. The timeline of these events can be found here.
Holdup on the final vote.
Congress held a vote on this legislation, and it passed, 256–174, making it a bipartisan bill that was next sent to the Senate.
While discussing the merits of the bill, the Senate made some changes to the language included in the bill, but then voted in favor of it becoming law by a margin of 84–14, with two abstentions — again a bipartisan bill that had substantial support from both sides.
Since changes to the bill were made, it next had to be resubmitted to the House of Representatives to undergo the process of reconciliation. It passed overwhelmingly, with one minor change, which sent the bill back to the Senate.