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Biden Signs ‘Burn Pit’ Bill to Aid Veterans Exposed to Toxins

  • Bill expands health-care eligibility for 3.5 million people
  • Jon Stewart, veterans groups protested after bill stalled
US President Joe Biden speaks before signing S. 3373, the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promises to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., US, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022.

US President Joe Biden speaks before signing S. 3373, the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promises to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., US, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022.

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden signed into law a bill expanding health care for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, one of a series of breakthroughs in Congress this summer.

“This is the most significant law our nation has ever had passed to help millions of veterans who are exposed to toxic substances,” Biden said at a signing ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, where he was joined by veterans, their families, and congressional lawmakers.