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Failure of veterans health care bill in Senate angers supporters
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Failure of veterans health care bill in Senate angers supporters

(CNN) - In a surprise move, a bill that would have expanded health care and disability benefits for millions of veterans was blocked.The “Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022,” also known as the “PACT Act,” was expected to pass the Senate Wednesday night, but in an 11th hour change, a procedural vote on the bill failed.The bill needed 60 votes to advance, but the vote was 55-42 on Wednesday night.It’s now an uphill battle to expand health care and disability benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits at and near U.S. military bases overseas.“There are going to be veterans who die between now and when this bill is passed,” said Sen. Jon Tester, D- Montana.Activist Jon Stewart called opponents of the bill “cowards.”“This is an embarrassment to the Senate,...