Fist bumps by Republican senators aft they voted to clasp up assistance for subject veterans suffering from burn-pit vulnerability has acceptable disconnected a tempest of outrage.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was captured connected video fist-bumping Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) soon aft Republicans managed connected Thursday to block the PACT Act that would let soldiers, sailors and airmen exposed to pits of burning discarded successful combat zones to beryllium covered for linked illnesses by the Veterans Affairs wellness attraction system. Many are suffering from cancer.
The astonishment GOP absorption to the measure was seemingly payback aft Republicans were outplayed by Democrats earlier this week to triumph transition of a sweeping $740 cardinal package to summation taxes connected the affluent and put successful clime alteration and wellness care.
Democrats and veterans groups were furious that the veterans measure was held up by miffed Republicans erstwhile it was expected to pass.
“This is full bullshit. This is the worst signifier of implicit politicization I’ve virtually ever seen,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) astatine a property league Thursday held by Democrats and veterans.
The callous fist-bumping solemnisation was peculiarly hard to instrumentality for many.
“The most despicable portion of this full thing is watching connected the Senate level Ted Cruz fist-bumping, and past [the Republicans] patting each different connected the backmost erstwhile they blocked this bill,” erstwhile “Daily Show” big Jon Stewart said Thursday connected MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
They “celebrated their triumph implicit veterans with cancer. Way to go, guys! You finally handed it to ‘big seasoned with cancer.’ Well done!” helium added sarcastically.
There was plentifulness more:
Only wholly soulless politicians would fist bump each different aft denying captious seasoned benefits conscionable to ain the libs. Those with souls would ne'er really play authorities with soldiers’ lives.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 29, 2022
.@chrislhayes: Republicans were truthful huffy astatine Democrats, they blocked much-needed wellness attraction for U.S. warfare veterans suffering the after-effects of toxic fumes—and past they celebrated.