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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday he intends to bring a bill to a new vote this week on health care for military veterans exposed to deadly toxins after 41 Republican senators blocked it, accusing Democrats of using a “budget trick” to hide millions of dollars. in expenses.

“I will be holding a new vote this week, and I urge everyone to vote ‘yes’. This is not a Washington problem. This is a local problem. We just need Washington to help solve it,” the New York Democrat told reporters at a news conference.

He said that “diseases that have developed in the hearths of combustion and their miasma of toxins should be added to the conditions covered by the VA – it is the right thing, the moral thing and the honorable thing to do”.

Forty-one GOP senators voted against closing the Honoring Our PACT Act last Wednesday, saying Democrats added $400 billion in non-veteran healthcare spending to the measure.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who was criticized by former ‘Daily Show’ host Jon Stewart for voting against the bill, on Sunday defended his choice and accused Democrats of using the “Washington’s Oldest Thing”.​

“People take a sympathetic group of Americans – and they can be sick children, victims of crime, veterans who have been exposed to toxic chemicals – come up with a bill to solve their issues and then sneak into something completely unrelated that they know could never pass on its own and dare Republicans to do anything about it,” Toomey said on “State of the Union.” from CNN.

He went on to claim that Democrats are “unleashing their allies in the media and possibly pseudo-celebrity to fabricate false accusations to try to suck us into what shouldn’t be there.”

Sen. Pat Toomey called the bill, saying Democrats were trying to pass it to include unrelated spending as well.
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Toomey said he and his fellow Republicans are not opposed to the “substance” of the PACT Act.

“What I’m trying to do is change a government accounting methodology designed to allow our fellow Democrats to embark on an unrelated $400 billion spending spree that has nothing to do with the veterans and who won’t be in the veterans space,” he said.

Stewart, who lambasted Republicans last Thursday for voting against a bill passed by the Senate 84-14 in June, dismissed the idea that Democrats squeezed money into the bill “in the middle of at night,” calling him “bulls-t.”

Stewart admitted on Sunday that there was a “technical problem” that needed to be resolved in the House.

​”​One sentence. So nothing was added. No gadgets have been added. Nothing has been changed. When it came back to the Senate, which we thought was just a procedural vote, they then voted it down. But nothing had changed in the bill from the one they had gone from 84 to 14 in June,” he said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”

He specifically singled out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for saying Republicans voted against the PACT Act because “Democrats played a budget trick” with the $400 billion in spending.

“Anyone can say anything. You know, you could say Elvis Presley is still alive. But at some point, we all have to live in reality,” Stewart told host Chuck Todd.

“And what he says is just factually incorrect. The bill on which Ted Cruz voted yes had the exact same funding provisions as the bill on which he voted no. It’s the exact same invoice. None of this makes sense,” he added.