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Biden Administration Challenges GOP to Get Burn Pits Bill Passed

  • Senate Republicans stalled the bill, citing mandatory spending
  • Veterans Affairs head urges lawmakers to ‘get on with it’
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during a news conference about the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on July 28. 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during a news conference about the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on July 28. 

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US Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough expressed confidence the Senate has enough votes to pass a bill to provide health care and benefits to 3.5 million veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, even after Republicans stalled the legislation.

Forty-one Republican senators switched tactics and moved to force a debate on amendments that would reduce future mandatory spending in the bill. The majority of those lawmakers had supported an essentially identical version of the bill last month.