Politics: Jon Stewart rips Republicans for blocking veterans bill to punish Democrats

These 41 Senate Republicans Voted Against Veterans' Healthcare—Full List

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Former Daily Show Host Jon Stewart testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund on Capitol Hill on June 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Getty/Zach Gibson

Republicans are retaliating against a newly-revived Democratic plan to curb climate change by blocking a bill they previously supported that would provide healthcare to veteran victims of burn pits and Agent Orange, a chemical weapon used during the Vietnam War.

This shocking development, which has sparked the ire of progressives and Democrats, spans back to last week when Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. torpedoed a Democratic-led bill – dubbed "Inflation Reduction Act of 2022" – that would pour billions into clean energy initiatives aimed at curtailing climate change. Instead, Manchin at the time said he wanted a slimmed-down version of the measure geared more toward lowering the cost of healthcare. "I would not put my staff through this – I would not put myself through this – if I wasn't sincere about trying to find a pathway forward to do something that's good for our country," the centrist Democrat said last week.

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Jon Stewart Rant on Newsmax Against GOP Over Vet Healthcare Viewed 3M Times

  Jon Stewart Rant on Newsmax Against GOP Over Vet Healthcare Viewed 3M Times Stewart said that the Republican Senators who recently voted against a veterans health bill did not support the troops but rather the war machine.Stewart spoke to Newsmax host Shaun Kraisman on Thursday and the clip has so far been viewed over 3 million times.

But on Thursday, Manchin completely reversed course, striking a reconciliation deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that includes $369 billion in climate and clean energy provisions. The unexpected about-face has shocked Democrats and environmental justice advocates alike and could amount to the biggest climate change legislation the nation has ever seen.

Still, climate advocates have argued that the measure is largely inadequate in addressing the full scope of global warming.

"The few details released this evening suggest this deal will prop up fossil fuels and promote the various false climate solutions beloved by industry," Food & Water Action Executive Director Wenonah Hauter said in a statement. "More subsidies for dirty hydrogen, carbon capture, and nuclear energy are not climate action, they are the opposite."

Full transcript of "Face the Nation" on July 31, 2022

  Full transcript of On this "Face the Nation" broadcast, Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey joined John Dickerson.Click here to browse full transcripts of "Face the Nation.

John Noël, Senior Climate Campaigner at Greenpeace USA, echoed that the measure "fails to address the out-of-control fossil fuel industry causing the climate crisis."

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"Millions of people die every year as a result of fossil fuel air pollution, and we cannot afford any fossil fuel expansion if we're going to avoid a climate catastrophe," Noël said. "Marketing a 40% reduction in emissions over 8 years while increasing fossil fuel leasing and a handshake deal to streamline permitting for fossil fuel infrastructure does not add up."

Shortly after Manchin's reversal, Punchbowl News' Jake Sherman reported that Republicans will now whip against a formerly bipartisan bill, dubbed the "CHIPS Act," meant to boost U.S. manufacturing. This is in addition to the GOP's newfound opposition to making servicemembers who contracted dozens of medical conditions overseas eligible for healthcare subsidized by Veterans Affairs. Supporters of the measure have argued that the bill is long overdue, as Roll Call reported.

Pat Toomey blasts Jon Stewart as 'pseudo-celebrity' and defends voting against veterans' healthcare

  Pat Toomey blasts Jon Stewart as 'pseudo-celebrity' and defends voting against veterans' healthcare The PACT Act is designed to help veterans who were exposed to toxins in Iraq and Afghanistan and now suffer a litany of health issues ranging from asthma to deadly cancers. It passed the Senate with an overwhelming 84 to 14 vote in June but was forced back to the floor by a technical error - where it fell five votes short of the 60-count threshold to overcome a filibuster.Fifty-five senators voted for the bill while 42 Republican senators voted against it. Three lawmakers abstained.

On Thursday, Republicans officially delayed the veterans' bill with a filibuster, arguing that would allow for profligate fiscal spending that contravenes predetermined budget caps. The GOP's sudden opposition to the law comes after the party widely backed a nearly identical bill that contained a subtle tax provision.

"It's about Congress hiding behind an important veterans care bill a massive unrelated spending binge," said Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn.

Comedian Jon Stewart erupts after Republicans vote against military burn pits bill

  Comedian Jon Stewart erupts after Republicans vote against military burn pits bill Comedian Jon Stewart erupts after Republicans vote against military burn pits billWASHINGTON (Reuters) -Comedian Jon Stewart, an outspoken advocate for military veterans, erupted in anger on Thursday after U.S. Senate Republicans blocked a bill to provide healthcare for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits while serving abroad.

After the vote, liberals and veterans' advocates immediately condemned congressional Republicans for playing politics at the expense of veterans.

"Congratulations @SenToomey You successfully used the Byzantine Senate rules to keep sick veterans suffering!!!! Kudos!" tweeted comedian Jon Stewart. "I'm sure you'll celebrate by kicking a dog or punching a baby…or whatever terrible people do for fun!!!!!"

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., likewise called the GOP's move "an eleventh-hour act of cowardice."

"Republicans chose today to rob generations of toxic-exposed veterans across this country of the health care and benefits they've earned and so desperately need," he tweeted. "Make no mistake—the American people are sick and tired of these games."

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