Furious Advocates Slam Senators After Burn Pit Legislation Fails

USMC / Alfred V. Lopez

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Comedian and activist Jon Stewart did not mince words Thursday when blasting Senate Republicans. He called them “cowards” when speaking about a GOP block of Senate legislation that would provide health care to veterans impacted by burn pits.

Those are pits used by the military overseas to burn waste material. The pits are known to produce toxic fumes, which led to health ailments like Cancer when service members inhaled them.

Stewart called the bill’s defeat a “gut punch” to veterans who traveled to capitol hill to celebrate an anticipated passage of the measure.

“So ain’t this a bit–? Ain’t this a bit–? America’s heroes, who fought in our wars, outside sweating their a**es off, with oxygen battling all kinds of ailments, while these motherf—— sit in the air conditioning walled off from any of it?” said Stewart.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is one of the lawmakers Stewart called out by name.

The Senator’s office responded to Stewart’s comments, saying he supports the “substance of the bill.”

The reason given for him voting against it was Democrats blocked an amendment aimed at reducing costs.

McConnell’s office says the legislation that was voted on could have given democrats the ability to spend billions of dollars on unrelated matters.


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