Jon Stewart blasts GOP Senators for blocking Veterans' Health Legislation
Jon Stewart underlined the importance of veteran healthcare by sharing a devastating anecdote from the day the Senate passed the PACT Act.
The bill, which helps fund research and benefits for veterans exposed to toxic substances while serving, was passed on Tuesday in an 86-11 vote. But the vote came after months of negotiations between Democrats and Republicans.
Stewart said during contentious months of debate, veterans anxiously awaited the life-changing results.
"Not to overly massage the point but people committed suicide, like that's real, within the period," Stewart said on his podcast The Problem with Jon Stewart.
"We know of two instances of people that we were actively trying to get help who committed suicide, that's how f***ing serious this was." Stewart said.
"But thanks for playing your games with the bill," co-host Rob Christensen replied.
"See that's the point, that's why I was so mad," Stewart said.
\u201cWe aren't done until it's done, but the #PACTAct is finally getting another vote in the Senate right now.\n\nA big thanks to @jonstewart for his advocacy on this critical issue, and to all the veterans and advocates who have pushed so hard to get this bill across the finish line.\u201d
— Senator Jon Tester (@Senator Jon Tester)
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