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Missouri U.S. Senators vote against act to help vets exposed to toxic chemicals

Missouri’s two Republican Senators voted against a move to advance legislation aimed at helping millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn chemicals.

The Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act – or PACT Act – failed in the Senate Wednesday with a vote of 55 to 42, surprising many as the act had the support of nearly 85 votes a couple of months ago.

Supporters of the measure say some GOP Senators are failing to help millions of burn pit and Agent Orange veterans.

Senator Josh Hawley says he supports strong measures to quote: “protect our veterans suffering from toxic exposure.” 

He went on to say while negotiations over the PACT Act are still ongoing, he plans to vote for final passage of the legislation.

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