Home Health Chairman Takano's Comprehensive Honoring our PACT Act Passes the House – The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Chairman Takano's Comprehensive Honoring our PACT Act Passes the House – The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

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Jenni Geurink (202-819-4684) 
WASHINGTON, D.C– Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif) made the following statement after his comprehensive bill, H.R. 3967, as amended, the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2021 or Honoring our PACT Act, passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 256-174. This legislation will finally treat toxic exposure as a cost of war by addressing the full range of issues impacting toxic-exposed veterans including access to earned benefits and healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It has the strong support 
of 42 Veterans Service Organizations, the Biden-Harris Administration, and advocates Jon Stewart and John Feal
 
“For too long, Congress and VA have been slow to act on toxic exposure—but today, the House took a bipartisan vote to change that and finally make good on our promise to toxic-exposed veterans by passing my Honoring our PACT Act,” said Chairman Takano. “After years of diligent input from toxic-exposed veterans, my colleagues, our staff, VA, and VSOs, we passed the most comprehensive legislation to date to treat toxic exposure as a cost of war and ensure that all toxic-exposed veterans can access the care and benefits they’ve earned. This fight is not over, but I will not rest until our veterans have a guarantee in statute that their government will take care of them when they come home—no matter the cost. I’m so grateful for the strong support from Speaker Pelosi, President Biden, and our dedicated VSOs and advocates, and I look forward to working with Senator Tester to pass truly comprehensive legislation through the Senate and send it to the President’s desk. Toxic-exposed veterans do not have time to wait.”
 
The Honoring our PACT Act will: 
 
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