Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) voted to send S.3373 the vehicle used to carry the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022, back to the Senate for final passage, and ensure it can reach President Joe Biden's desk.
The Honoring our PACT Act will finally treat toxic exposure as a cost of war by addressing the full range of issues impacting toxic-exposed veterans, including access to earned benefits and healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
"Today, I voted to honor my pact with toxic-exposed veterans and again advance the Honoring our PACT Act one step closer toward President Biden's desk,"said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). "The Honoring our PACT Act is comprehensive legislation that finally recognizes military toxic exposure as a cost of war and ensures veterans living with the effects of toxic exposure -- including exposure to burn pits and Agent Orange -- can access the care and benefits they've earned. As the son of an Army veteran, I will always stand up for the rights of our servicemembers and fight to deliver the resources and support they need. Toxic-exposed veterans held up their end of the deal -- it's time Congress did the same."
Background: The Honoring our Promise To Address Comprehensive Toxics Act Of 2021 Or Honoring our PACT Act is legislation authored by Chairman Mark Takano that will finally treat toxic exposure as a cost of war by addressing the full range of issues impacting toxic-exposed veterans including access to earned benefits and healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Chairman Takano's legislation passed the house earlier this year with a bipartisan vote of 256-174 and has the strong support of 42 Veterans Service Organizations, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Schumer, the Biden-Harris Administration, and advocates Jon Stewart and John Feal. Rep. McEachin voted to pass the Honoring our PACT Act out of the House earlier this year.