Jon Stewart Unloads on Republicans After Burn Pit Bill Failure



A military burn pits bill failed to pass the Senate Wednesday, and Jon Stewart on Thursday unloaded on the Republicans who blocked the bill’s passage. The bill would have expanded healthcare and disability benefits for veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits during their service (read the tragic story of one of them here), and while it initially passed the Senate with bipartisan support, after a technical correction held it up in the House of Representatives, GOP Sen. Pat Toomey raised concerns with how money was appropriated in the bill and blocked it from getting a quick procedural passage, Reuters reports. When it came up for a final vote, just 55 senators voted for it rather than the 60 needed to pass it.

“I’m used to the lies, I’m used to the hypocrisy, I’m used to the cowardice, I’m used to all of it, but I am not used to the cruelty,” Stewart told reporters during a press conference by supporters of the bill outside the Senate Thursday. “[Republicans] haven’t met a war they won’t sign up for and they haven’t met a veteran they won’t screw over.” He added, per Rolling Stone, “If this is America First, then America is f—ed.” Referring to the fact that many veterans exposed to burn pit toxins now have cancer, Stewart said, per KTLA, “Their constituents are dying.” The bill will be voted on again Monday. Mitch McConnell says it’s Chuck Schumer’s fault it hasn’t passed yet, saying there’s “no excuse why the Democratic Leader should continue to block Senator Toomey’s commonsense amendment.” (Read more Jon Stewart stories.)

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