Toomey defends burnt pit vote, citing Jon Stewart’s ‘false accusations’

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) Sunday defended his ‘no’ vote on a bill to help military veterans exposed to toxic burning stoves against what he called the comedian’s ‘false accusations’ Jon Stewart.

Toomey, during an appearance on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ with host Jake Tapper, called the former ‘Daily Show’ host a ‘pseudo-celebrity’ and blamed Democratic supporters of the bill. of “Washington’s Oldest Tower”.

“People take a sympathetic group of Americans – and they can be sick children, victims of crime, veterans who have been exposed to toxic chemicals – come up with a bill to solve their issues and then sneak in something completely unrelated that they know could never pass on its own, and challenge the Republicans to do anything about it,” Toomey said.

Proponents of the legislation, Toomey said, “will then unleash their allies in the media and perhaps some pseudo-celebrity to fabricate false accusations to try to suck us into what shouldn’t be there.”

Toomey insisted that he and his fellow Republicans do not oppose the bill itself, but rather are concerned that Democrats are using it to acquire funds for unrelated issues and transform the discretionary funding into mandatory.

Stewart hit out at the GOP for delaying the bill’s progress and for misinterpreting the proposal.

“Their constituents are dying,” Stewart told DC last week.

On Sunday, Stewart blasted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for voting ‘no’ and called allegations about the spending language in the bill and the potential for misuse of included funds ‘factually incorrect’. .

All Democrats and eight Republicans voted for the bill when it was first introduced last week, but the tally fell five votes short of the amount needed to circumvent the filibuster.

Toomey on Sunday highlighted the Republican push for an amendment vote on the bill.

“That’s why they do this stuff, Jake, because it gets very deep in the weeds and very confusing for people very quickly… We’re spending way too much money to use – to hide behind a project of Veterans Act opportunity to continue an unrelated $400 billion spending spree is a mistake. And we should not allow it,” the Pennsylvania senator said.

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