December 14, 2021

Chairman Takano Meets with Speaker Pelosi, Secretary McDonough on Historic Honoring our PACT Act

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Jenni Geurink (202-819-4684)

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif) met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough, and Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl.) and Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Calif.) to discuss the urgent need to fulfill our promises to our nation’s veterans, talk about the path forward on recognizing toxic exposure as a cost of war, and pass the bipartisan Honoring our PACT Act.

“When we sent our servicemembers into harm’s way, we made a promise to care for them—and pay for that care—when they came home. Now we know the true cost of that promise, and we cannot renege from our responsibility to toxic-exposed veterans,” said Chairman Takano. “I’m grateful I had the opportunity to discuss why we need to pass the Honoring our PACT Act now with Speaker Pelosi and Secretary McDonough, and I’m confident that we can find a solution this Congress.”