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Letter: July 27th was a shameful day in the U.S. Senate

Worner writes, "It is hard to argue that you are pro-life if your commitment to the soldier ends after you fund a war."

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On July 27, 2022, it was a shameful day in the United States Senate. Why, you might ask? The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022 (or the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022) was blocked in the Senate.

It was dreadfully embarrassing to see some senators "high-fiving" each other when the PACT Act of 2022 lost by a vote count of 55-42 (the measure needed 60 votes to pass and was five votes short). Why is this bad? Two reasons.

First, the PACT Act of 2022 would have authorized expanded health care coverage to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who were exposed to toxic fumes from burn pits. Many military service members who inhaled these burn pit fumes returned home to the United States and experienced serious medical symptoms.

Some medical officials believe prolonged exposure to those burn pit fumes may cause cancer. Many senators voted for the Iraq and Afghanistan war funding. However, it's also important to support our veterans when they return home - and that's what was missing in the July 27, 2022 vote.

Second, on June 16, 2022, a nearly identical bill in the United States Senate, Honoring PACT Act of 2022, passed by a vote count of 84-14. The level of hypocrisy is very high here

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It is hard to argue that you are pro-life if your commitment to the soldier ends after you fund a war. Your commitment to veterans should not end when they are on the battlefield - or when they return home. You are not pro-life if you voted against the PACT Act of 2022.

This is why July 27, 2022, was such a shameful day in the United States Senate.

Matthew S. Worner, Alexandria, Va., is a former resident of Mayville and Devils Lake, ND.  He is an alumnus of Mayville State University, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, and Duke – and is furthering his education at the National Intelligence University.  This is his personal opinion and not that of any other entity.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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