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Jon Stewart rips Ted Cruz for rejecting veterans’ burn-pits aid bill

Jon Stewart has been irate at the GOP for rejecting a bill to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sen. Ted Cruz said Stewart was wrong about the bill and accused Democrats of playing a “budgetary trick” in the PACT Act. Cruz was seen fist-bumping Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) on the Senate floor when Republicans blocked the bill in a celebration that angered Democrats and veterans groups. The final vote was 55-to-42, falling short of the 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster. The bill would significantly change how the Department of Veterans Affairs cares for veterans who were exposed to toxins by compelling VA to presume that certain illnesses are linked to hazardous waste incineration, mostly focused on

Stewart called the way Republicans rejected the measure a “gut punch,” a media blitz this week. He took aim at Cruz on Friday in an appearance on MSNBC. Cruz was approached by TMZ at Reagan National Airport about Stewart’s comments. “You’re wrong here,’ Cruz told Stewart in a tweet that Stewart was “trying to rally the forces of misinformation to try and kill more vets” Stewart again challenged Cruz to “pass the bill you already had passed”