Jon Stewart has become a major advocate for United States troops who served overseas. Stewart has been fighting tooth and nail to increase health care benefits for US military veterans. One would assume that conservatives would be 100% on his side.

That is not the case. GOP Senators recently voted no on a bill to expand health coverage for America’s heroes. Jon Stewart was irate about the result.

The bill, which was supposed to help those exposed to toxic burn pits and Agent Orange in Vietnam, failed in the Senate by a 55-42 vote. 60 were needed to pass the PACT Act. Stewart took particular umbrage with Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey.

The bill had already passed in the House of Representatives. It seemed unfathomable just a few years ago that Republicans would vote against anything to help out veterans who served and fought for their country. Those days are long over for what would normally have been a no-brainer proposal with bipartisan support.

Pat Toomey called the bill a “budgetary gimmick.” He said there was too much unrelated spending in the body of the legislation. Jon Stewart said GOP elected officials who love to support wars but not the troops who return home from them were hypocrites.

The major partisan divide in US politics has made it impossible to pass even the most basic legislation at times. Jon Stewart is doing what he believes is a patriotic duty to fight for our vets. Unfortunately, Pat Toomey and others didn’t see things his way.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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