Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor ahead of filing cloture on the Honoring Our PACT Act, one of the biggest expansions of veterans’ health care in decades. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks.
I will now file cloture on another bill that will dramatically improve the lives of millions of American veterans: the PACT Act, which when signed into law will be one of the biggest expansions of veteran’s health care benefits in decades.
As my colleagues already know, because of a technical error the House of Representatives was unable to take up our version of this bill that we passed in the spring. The House has now fixed their error and has returned the PACT Act back to the Senate.
By filing cloture we should be able to pass this bipartisan piece of legislation before the week is done. Our nation’s veterans have waited long enough to get the benefits they need to treat complications from toxic exposure in the line of duty, so we have every reason in the world to get this bill done with the same bipartisan support as the first time around.
Again, I want to thank, particularly, Senators Tester and Moran who led the way to pass this bill earlier this year, thank all our colleagues, and our veterans and veteran service organizations for helping push this bill through Congress.