Joe Biden sends pizza to burn pit protesters on Capitol steps after Republicans block bill for veterans
Joe Biden is using his Covid isolation time to highlight the GOP’s resistance to legislation aimed at helping ailing US veterans.
In a video posted on Twitter on Sunday, the president highlighted protesters who have been camping on the steps of the US Capitol to denounce Republicans who have not yet voiced their support behind the law That would force the Department of Affairs to assume that U.S. veterans who worked in the vicinity of so-called “burn pits” during their military service are believed to have been exposed to toxins.
Republicans led by Senator Pat Tommy of Pennsylvania are demanding amendments to the bill that would add its funding to the annual appropriations process, rather than giving it a direct, fixed line of funding. Democrats have accused their rivals of inciting pointless delays in alleged retaliation for the resurgence of the Build Back Better Act in the form of the Inflation Reduction Act, legislation aimed at combating inflation and addressing other issues such as drug prices. is a slimmed-down piece of . and climate change.
On Sunday, Mr Biden released a video filled with images of ailing veterans denouncing the GOP for inaction on the bill, which Democrats are expected to vote on in the coming days.
“I had planned to stop by the Capitol and visit the families fighting for the passage of the Burn Pitts Act. Covid broke in, so I FaceTime them and sent them some pizza. It’s our sacred obligation to take care of our veterans. I will not stop fighting with them to get this bill passed,” Mr Biden tweeted.
The Senate’s inability to pass legislation addressing the issue up to this point attracted the attention of many high-profile supporters of the bill, including Jon Stewart.
In his own statement to CNN, Mr Tommy denounced Democrats for attempting to tie up the resistance to Build Back Better.
“It’s so absurd and dishonest for anyone to suggest that it has anything to do with the BBB,” said the Pennsylvania Republican senator. “Who knew about the BBB, you know, in the last weeks when I was raising this issue up to this point and I’m very clearly on record about this. So one must be ignorant or dishonest of the facts “