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IAVA Celebrates Bipartisan Senate Passage of the Honoring Our PACT Act

Calls on the House to Pass and Send to the President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 16, 2022
CONTACT: press@iava.org

Washington, DC Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) celebrates the passage of the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins (PACT) Act, out of the Senate with a final vote of 84-14. 

IAVA applauds the leadership of Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester and Ranking Member Jerry Moran in forging this landmark bipartisan legislation, and Senators for delivering long-overdue care and benefits to millions of veterans and servicemembers suffering from military toxic exposures. The PACT Act will return to the House for a vote due to changes made in the Senate. 

“The House has already passed this historic toxic exposure legislation by a large bipartisan majority once, and now our representatives have the chance to reaffirm our country’s commitment to care for past, current, and future veterans,” says Jeremy Butler, CEO for IAVA. “Over 80% of IAVA’s members were exposed to burn pits during their deployments. This bill keeps a promise to those veterans and the millions of others affected, that the country they fought for is there to fight for them too.” 

IAVA calls on the House of Representatives to expedite final passage of the PACT Act and send it to the President’s desk. 

By advancing the passage of this historic bill, and through our work as a leading veterans organization, IAVA continues to advocate for the generations of veterans, active-duty servicemembers, and their families, affected by toxic exposures.

Below is the record of the Senate vote on the PACT Act today:

Yes – 84

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI )
Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH )
Maria Cantwell (D-WA )
Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD)
Thomas R. Carper (D-DE )
Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA)
Christopher A. Coons (D-DE )
Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Tammy Duckworth (D-IL )
Richard J. Durbin (D-IL )
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA )
Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY)
Margaret Wood Hassan (D-NH)
Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
John W. Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI)
Tim Kaine (D-VI )
Mark Kelly (D-AZ)
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT)
Ben Ray Luján (D-NM)
Joe Manchin III (D-WV)
Edward J. Markey (D-MA)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Jeff Merkley (D-OR )
Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
Patty Murray (D-WA )
Jon Ossoff (D-GA)
Alex Padilla (D-CA )
Gary C. Peters (D-MI)
Jack Reed (D-RI)
Jacky Rosen (D-NV)
Brian Schatz (D-HI)
Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
Tina Smith (D-MN)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Jon Tester (D-MN)
Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Mark R. Warner (D-VI)
Raphael G. Warnock (D-GA)
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Ron Wyden (D-OR )
Angus S. King Jr. (I-ME)
Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
John Barrasso (R-WY )
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Roy Blunt (R-MI)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Mike Braun (R-IN )
Capito, Shelley Moore (R-WV)
Bill Cassidy (R-LA )
Susan M. Collins (R-ME)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Chuck Grassley (R-IO)
Bill Hagerty (R-TN)
Josh Hawley (R-MO)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
James M. Inhofe (R-OK )
Ron Johnson (R-WI )
John Kennedy (R-LA )
Roger Marshall (R-KS)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Rob Portman (R-OH )
Marco Rubio (R-FL )
Ben Sasse (R-NE)
Rick Scott (R-FL )
Tim Scott (R-SC)
Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Todd Young (R-IN )

No – 14

Richard Burr (R-NC )
Mike Crapo (R-ID )
James Lankford (R-OK )
Mike Lee (R-UT )
Cynthia M. Lummis (R-WY )
Rand Paul (R-KY)
James E. Risch (R-ID )
Mitt Romney (R-UT )
Mike Rounds (R-SD)
Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)
John Thune (R-SD)
Thom Tillis (R-NC )
Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA)
Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)

Not present – 2

Steve Daines (R-MO )
Roger F. Wicker (R-MS)

IAVA is the voice for the post-9/11 veteran generation. With over 425,000 veterans and allies nationwide, IAVA is the leader in non-partisan veteran advocacy and public awareness. We drive historic impacts for veterans and IAVA’s programs are second to none. Any veteran or family member in need can reach out to IAVA’s Quick Reaction Force at quickreactionforce.org or 855-91RAPID (855-917-2743) to be connected promptly with a veteran care manager who will assist. IAVA’s The Vote Hub is a free tool to register to vote and find polling information. IAVA’s membership is always growing. Join the movement at iava.org/membership.

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