Stewart defined that whereas issues have been wanting up and the veterans who deliberate on talking with Congress over the subsequent couple of days have been feeling hopeful that one thing historic may occur, “Make no mistake, we’re at Congress.” Stewart’s level was that Congress “is a spot the place what is important turns into what they will get away with.” Stewart went on: “There may be going to be an modification, and that modification from rating member Bost goes to say, ‘Hey, all these navy veterans’ organizations and all these lively navy members have come collectively, with chairman [Rep.] Takano and Speaker Pelosi and the President of the USA, they usually have designed a invoice that may comprehensively handle the pressing want within the veterans’ neighborhood.” However …
“And rating member Bost’s modification goes to say, Rattling, that’s good work. So, why don’t we simply swap that out for 5 extra years of well being care? We good? Thanks, guys, we’re good.’ Fuck that! Not taking place.”
Stewart went on to warn that the Senate will even try the “identical shenanigans,” however that this was, is, and can at all times be unacceptable. “So as soon as that is accomplished, make no mistake, the battle shifts to the Senate. And as you realize they’re wonderful at killing issues which might be vital.”
Deadline stories that Bost’s spokesperson, Alexandra Naughton, mentioned, “Rating Member Bost fully disagrees with Mr. Stewart’s false characterization of his efforts however appreciates, and shares, his ardour for the women and men who’ve served.” In fact, what was allegedly “false” on this characterization of Bost’s “efforts” has been omitted. What Naughton did add was that “The PACT Act has a lot of critical coverage flaws, would price taxpayers greater than $300 billion, and is unlikely to move the Senate in its present type.”
Bost and others want to kick the can down the highway, minimize the prices of treating our veterans (since most of that tax cash goes to creating veterans as an alternative of treating them), and are angling for the much less complete Well being Look after Burn Pit Veterans Act to be the stand-in as an alternative of the PACT Act. As advocate for burn pit advantages organizer John Feal mentioned about the paltry GOP-supported laws, “You’re placing a band support on an open sucking chest wound together with your bullshit laws. These women and men want higher, deserve higher, earned higher, and also you failed them!”
Contemplating that Rep. Bost’s historical past is strewn with very doubtful statements relating to disappearing weapons and histrionic paper-punching, I’m going to say that I believe Jon Stewart is a extra dependable witness to the occasions unfolding.
Stewart has been an outspoken critique of the embarrassing lack of motion on the a part of our authorities to offer the essential stage of well being care reform to our veterans affected by persistent points attributable to their publicity to poisonous substances whereas serving our nation. Stewart has labored behind the scenes to try to assist veterans of their skilled lives after serving their nation.
For Stewart it started by attempting to get first responders to the 9/11 assaults the compensation they so completely deserve, and has led to his advocacy for related actions to be taken by Congress towards our navy service members who’ve been uncovered to horrible sicknesses because of their proximity to burn pits and different poisonous navy practices.
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