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‘Burn Pit’ Bill Passes Senate After Jon Stewart Assails GOP

  • Legislation stalled after GOP objections, prompting protests
  • Veterans exposed to toxic burn pits eligible for expanded care
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WATCH: Senator Toomey talks about the Inflation Reduction Act and the PACT Act, a bill that would expand health care to veterans.Source: Bloomberg
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Legislation giving veterans exposed to toxic burn pits access to expanded health benefits passed the Senate Tuesday night amid an outcry from veterans and comedian Jon Stewart, who camped out on the Capitol steps since Republicans blocked the bill last week. 

The bill, passed on an 86-11 vote, ultimately drew support from 37 GOP senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. It now heads to President Joe Biden for his signature.