Sen. Chuck Schumer to set vote on Pact Act Bill

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NEW YORK -- Sen. Chuck Schumer says he will schedule a vote this week on a bill to help veterans suffering from illnesses caused by toxic burn pits.


The Pact Act Bill would expand health care and disability benefits to millions of veterans across the country, including 3.5 million in New York.


Many of the veterans became sick from exposure to burn pits during America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.


"They've gotten serious, serious conditions -- cancers, lung diseases. They've sacrificed everything. They risk life and limb and the very least we can do as a country is ensure they receive top care," Schumer said....


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