Recently, four members of the VFW Department of Texas advocating strongly for the passage of the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act with two US Senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. Additionally, 36 of the Texas congressional delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives were in attendance to support the effort. For the past four years, the PACT Act has been the top VFW legislative priority nationally.
On August 10, 2022, President Biden held a signing ceremony at the White House and invited guests included the Tim Boland (VFW National Commander-In-Chief) and LeRoy & Rosie Torres who were the catalysts in introducing the PACT Act to Congress. Several other Texans were in attendance as well.
PACT Act of 2022 Challenges
Back in June and July, a procedural issue caused a provision to modify the bill before further voting could take place. There were a couple voting sessions required to ensure the bill finished passing. But why did this occur?
The illustration below outlines complications and confusion that other parties were stating that the bill was including provisions that were unrelated to veterans. The bill is 100% dedicated to health care and benefits to toxic-exposed veterans.
See the full article and other legislation updates in our upcoming Fall 2022 Texas VFW Magazine.