The Senate reached an important milestone today with the bipartisan agreement announced by Test Chair and Ranking Member Moran to advance the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson honoring our PACT Act of 2022, their version of the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022. President Biden has championed legislation to provide the health care benefits and services that veterans affected by toxic exposures have earned. That is exactly what this historic and comprehensive bill will do.

The PACT Act will not only help provide faster access to benefits and services for veterans and their survivors, but it will also ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs can act more quickly to add future presumptive conditions where evidence warrants. . And, the legislation will help VA provide our veterans with the level of service they deserve.

President Biden believes we have a sacred obligation to support veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors. That’s why, as part of his first State of the Union address, he identified support for veterans as a key pillar of his unity agenda and an issue that can unite the country – Republicans and the Democrats. The passage of the PACT Act would be a welcome and long overdue achievement for the veterans who have served us so well.