bill aimed at protecting veterans exposed to toxic materials during their service was shut down yesterday in the Senate, in a 55 to 42 vote that failed to meet the 60-vote threshold necessary to advance the legislation.
Of the 42 senators who voted against the Pact ACT, 41 were Republicans. These are all the Republican Senators who voted against the bill:
Can someone explain why? Twitter folks speculate they are mad because Manchin flipped, but I don’t see the connection.
"Toomey said he had “no quarrel with” the legislation creating $278.5 billion in new spending during the next decade that would be classified as “mandatory.”
Toomey’s opposition to the bill comes from a separate section of the package that “would authorize $400 billion over the next 10 years of existing spending … to be switched from discretionary to mandatory.”
“And the reason for that, is to create a $40 billion annual hole in discretionary spending under the cap,” Toomey said. “And allow all kinds of spending on who knows what.”
If true I agree with him. Leave it at the 278B. Why add what basically comes out to a slush fund that is required to be spent but no limits on what it could be spent on.
Saying that, I am sure both sides are spinning this and all the facts are not out.
They can shove that pork all the way up their stupid asses.
In the meantime, I already have ratings for exposure to various toxins, and my healthcare at a private practice comes at no cost to me just like going to the VA would (except out here, I get actual results).
I called the VA and told them who my civilian PCP was. They entered it into the system, I show my VA card as medical insurance when I make appointments. Same deal with ER care, except you don’t have to let anyone know, that VA card covers it.
I don’t think GOP congress members would admit this, but deep down, they vote the way they do because any agreement or cooperation with democrats is seen as a sign of weakness by the GOP base. When Dems hold majorities in congress, any form of cooperation is considered helping the enemy. EVEN IF the bill in question has a foundation of bipartisan support.
Conservative media has painted any form of bipartisanship as weakness. And that “no government, is good government”. So when GOP reps have to campaign, they can tout how they “won’t work with democrats” or “fall prey to the liberal agenda” because they know the base won’t remember that time they voted against a human trafficking bill.
“Well” is relative, but sure, if it serves a small part of the population, so the rest can subsidize it, and is backed up with private options. Oh, and Trump reforms it…lol!
I would not want govt run health care as I can see Cal’s roads. We are taxed to the max, and the roads are lumpy. Also if you want quick health care here, you go to a urgent care center that only takes people who can pay.