Jon Stewart hits back at Republicans Toomey and Cruz over stalled fireplace legislation: ‘We won’t let it go’


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Comedian Jon Stewart hit back at Republican lawmakers on Tuesday for blocking passage of a bill that would have extended health benefits to veterans exposed to burns and toxins during military service.

Speaking to ‘America Reports’ hosts Sandra Smith and John Roberts, the former ‘Daily Show’ host slammed Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., for blocking the PACT Act – which would provide millions of veterans a treatment for illnesses associated with their exposure to burning pits – citing changes he says have been made to the originally Republican-backed bill that would now authorize $400 billion in unrelated mandatory spending veterans over 10 years.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, also challenged the bill and accused Democrats of playing a “budget trick” with the last-minute provision.

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Veterans and their families camping outside the United States Capitol are urging the Senate to pass the burn pits, PACT Act.
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Stewart disputed their claims, insisting that “not a word” was added to the copy of the bill that passed in an 84-14 Senate vote in June. One sentence, however, was omitted when the bill was introduced in the House, Stewart said, but it was a rural AV provider provision and unrelated to Republican spending concerns. mandatory.

“No words were added to the copy of the bill that this Senate passed 84-14. So it’s not a matter of opinion. It’s not for me to say. It’s a matter of record,” Stewart said. “It’s been quite a long delay. It’s been 15 years. We’ve lost friends along the way and we refuse to lose any more.”

Stewart said he was confident the bill would eventually pass despite GOP Opposition.

Ranking member Pat Toomey, R-Penn., interviews Comptroller of the Currency nominee Saule Omarova as she testifies before Senate Banking.

Ranking member Pat Toomey, R-Penn., interviews Comptroller of the Currency nominee Saule Omarova as she testifies before Senate Banking.
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“We will go wherever we need to go,” he said. “The only thing I will say about these men and women is that they still have the heart of a warrior. are relentless and they have drive. . And we won’t let that happen.”

Joining Stewart in the interview is Marine Corps veteran Mindy Beyer, where she discussed her friend and colleague Kate Thomas, who died earlier in 2022 from aggressive cancer linked to burn hearths.

Beyer underscored the urgency surrounding the bill’s passage, telling Fox News that veterans took their own lives after the Senate closure vote was blocked.

U.S. Army soldiers watch rubbish burn in a burn pit at Forward Operating Base Azzizulah in Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

U.S. Army soldiers watch rubbish burn in a burn pit at Forward Operating Base Azzizulah in Maiwand district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Burton
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“Time is running out right now,” Beyer said. “I know we all share the victory over terrorism and al-Qaeda, but my heart right now is with the veterans who made this possible, who are lying in their beds at home, suffering because we didn’t help them. we haven’t given them the care they need. They will continue to suffer until we can pass this law now, but as soon as possible, we can’t wait another six weeks.

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Throughout his battle with cancer, Beyer said Thomas would often tell his family, “‘I’m totally ready to die for my country, I just didn’t think it would be like this.'”

“When you die on the battlefield, you sacrifice yourself,” Beyer said. “When you come home with injuries and you die from a prolonged illness at home, you are draining your family’s resources, financial, social, emotional, their health. And then you have to worry about their survival after your departure, deceased. No veteran wants to sacrifice their family. They are ready to sacrifice themselves,” she said. “They are not ready to sacrifice their family.

“It took long enough,” she added. “It’s time to help all these veterans.”


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