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A bill intended to expand benefits for generations of veterans that have service-related toxic exposure passed the Senate Tuesday night almost a week after being blocked by Republicans.

The Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022 passed by a vote of 86-11, and will soon head to President Joe Biden’s desk.

Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, a cosponsor of the bill, said in a press conference Wednesday that the legislation’s passage showed that democracy works.

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