President Joe Biden signs the "PACT Act of 2022" during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden signs PACT Act for veterans exposed to burn pits

Veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits during their military service will now have more access to health care benefits. President Biden signed the PACT Act into law on Wednesday. The law helps extend medical care for the more than three-million veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks at a news conference after the Senate passed a bill designed to help millions of veterans exposed to toxic substances during their military service, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Senate votes to pass PACT Act despite GOP concerns

The Senate passed the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins, or PACT Act. In an 86 to 11 vote on Tuesday, senators from both sides of the aisle agreed to push the legislation forward after being delayed due to concerns from Republican senators about $400 billion discretionary spending clause placed in the bill.