NEW YORK — Sen. Chuck Schumer says he will hold a vote this week on a bill to help veterans suffering from illnesses caused by toxic combustion fireplaces.
The proposed Pact Act would extend health care and disability benefits to millions of veterans across the country, including 3.5 million in New York.
Many veterans fell ill after being exposed to burning fireplaces during the American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“They have serious and serious illnesses – cancers, lung diseases. They have sacrificed everything. They are risking their lives and their physical integrity and the least we can do as a country is to ensure that they receive the best care,” Schumer said.
The law projectbut Senate Republicans changed their vote based on an added provision.
Comedian and activist Jon Stewart, a big supporter of the bill, called the vote change embarrassing.
“But nothing had changed in the bill from the one they passed 84-14 in June. None of us understood that,” Stewart said.
President Joe Biden has said that once passed he will sign the bill into law.