FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2022
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Why Hasn’t Walker Urged McConnell, GOP Senators Whose Endorsements He’s Accepted, to Stop Blocking Burn Pits Legislation for Veterans?
Reverend Warnock Is Fighting To Pass The PACT Act, Which Would Provide Care For Millions Of Veterans Suffering From Illnesses Caused By Exposure To Toxic Burn Pits During Their Service
Atlanta, GA – While Reverend Warnock is fighting to pass a bill to expand health care to veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, Herschel Walker has failed to stand up to Mitch McConnell and the other Senate Republicans who have endorsed his campaign for blocking the crucial bill.
“If Herschel Walker can’t stand up to Mitch McConnell or the 17 other Senators backing his campaign after they blocked legislation that would benefit hundreds of thousands of Georgia veterans, he isn’t ready to represent our military heroes and their families in the U.S. Senate,” said Meredith Brasher, Warnock for Georgia communications director. “Georgia voters deserve to know: is Herschel Walker refusing to stand up for Georgia veterans because he needs Washington Republicans’ support in his campaign?”
In addition to Mitch McConnell, Sens. John Barasso, Marsha Blackburn, Roy Blunt, Bill Cassidy, John Cornyn, Kevin Cramer, Ted Cruz, Joni Ernst, Bill Hagerty, Josh Hawley, Ron Johnson, Roger Marshall, Tim Scott, Rick Scott, Todd Young, Steve Daines, and Roger Wicker all voted to block the PACT Act in the U.S. Senate. All are supporting Walker’s U.S. Senate campaign.
Reverend Warnock supports the PACT Act and has been advocating for its passage.
ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND ON REVEREND WARNOCK’S WORK TO SUPPORT GEORGIA’S VETERANS
- Last month, Reverend Warnock introduced legislation to help veterans find stable housing and access job training to help them return to the workforce.
- Reverend Warnock fought to maintain critical funding to keep the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center open and preserve critical military jobs after the White House proposed cuts to the Center.
- Reverend Warnock secured more than $2.5 million in federal funding to help homeless Georgia veterans.
- Reverend Warnock is leading the oversight effort to protect servicemembers from unsafe living conditions at military base housing, and fought for a $100 million authorization for Fort Stewart to improve barracks on base.
- Reverend Warnock secured over $110 million for some of Georgia’s top military bases to improve barracks and restore helicopter facilities, and secured a 3 percent pay raise for active duty and civilian personnel in Georgia.
- Warnock met with military families in Camden County to discuss bolstering mental health care services, child care, extending the child tax credit, improving on-base living conditions and more.
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