Yesterday, the House voted on a bill that would extend veteran health-care to include exposure to toxins:
From today’s Washington Post:
The House on Thursday passed a bill that would expand health-care eligibility for veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other toxins during their service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The bill, which could provide health coverage for up to 3.5 million veterans, was passed on a vote of 256 to 174, with 34 Republicans joining all Democrats. The bill is known as the Honoring our PACT Act, the acronym denoting Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics.
As to why Republicans voted against the legislation:
Republicans who voted in opposition argued that the measure, which has a $300 billion price tag over 10 years, would add too much to the country’s deficit and exacerbate backlogs at VA.
Local representative David McKinley voted for the act. Alex Mooney and Carol Miller voted against. Anybody else think that we will soon see a McKinley ad about this vote?