- The Senate voted 86-11 on Tuesday to approve the PACT Act.
- The bill increases health care funding and access for military veterans.
- All 11 votes against the measure came from Republicans.
Eleven Republican senators voted Tuesday against a bipartisan measure, the PACT Act, designed to help veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals while deployed overseas.
The bill passed the Senate by an 86-11 vote a week after 41 Republicans chose to block final passage of the measure, citing concerns about its cost. Twenty-five Republicans who voted against the bill last week voted for a nearly identical version of the legislation in June.
The effort to block the legislation caused an uproar among veterans groups, with critics arguing that veterans aid was being held hostage to GOP opposition to another measure, the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes a significant amount of money to combat climate change and lower health care. expenses.
On Tuesday, the 11 votes did not include:
- Mitt Romney of Utah
- Rand Paul from Kentucky
- Mike Crapo from Idaho
- James Lankford of Oklahoma
- Mike Lee from Utah
- Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming
- James Risch of Idaho
- Richard Shelby of Alabama
- Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
- Tommy Tuberville from Alabama
- Thom Tillis from North Carolina
All 11 senators voted against the bill in June.