“We expect to have an agreement on the PACT Act with amendments,” Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said. “I believe it will pass and pass this evening. So, that’s very good news.”
According to a report from The Hill, “Senate Republicans have reached an agreement to pass legislation expanding benefits for veterans who are suffering illnesses due to toxic exposures, after they blocked the bill last week and sparked outrage from the veteran community and comedian Jon Stewart.”
From The Hill:
A vote on the measure is expected early Tuesday evening.
Schumer said that the Senate will vote on three amendments to the bill, with 60 votes being needed to pass those bills. The upper chamber will then move to finally pass the bill.
The deal will also allow the upper chamber to vote on Finland and Sweden joining NATO on Friday.
The agreement comes as Republicans have been trying to find a way to end a standoff over the bill after blocking the measure by a vote of 55-42 last Wednesday.
Twenty-five Republicans who initially voted to advance the bill in June changed their votes.
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