HELENA — The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022, legislation aimed at addressing the health care needs of toxic-exposed veterans, passed the Senate Tuesday after being blocked last week by Republican senators.
The legislation passed the vote Tuesday by a margin of 86 to 11 and is now headed to the desk of President Biden for his signature. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., both voted in favor of the final passage Tuesday evening and praised the outcome.
“For hundreds of thousands of veterans of all generations, for our all-volunteer military, this bill finally puts us on a path to finally paying the cost of war,” said Tester, who also serves as Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “This bill was a long time coming to right the wrongs to our toxic-exposed veterans—and it’s the bill our veterans and their families deserve, are counting on, and cannot wait any longer for. Our men and women in uniform held up their end of the bargain, and I’m proud we’re finally holding up ours.”
THE PACT ACT IS PASSED! We’re finally getting the job done and delivering America’s veterans their hard-earned care and benefits. They held up their end of the bargain, and I’m damn proud we’re holding up ours.Next stop: The President’s desk for his signature.