President Joe Biden was planning on joining the group of veterans camping out at the Capitol in person, but his rebounding Covid had other ideas. So like anyone else forced into isolation by the Coronavirus, the President got creative.
After doing a quick video with “Doctor” Commander for his Twitter followers, the President (who says he feels fine despite his positive antigen test), sent over some pizzas and FaceTimed with the veterans who have vowed to remain outside Congress until Republicans change their votes yet again and pass the PACT Act, which would have expanded medical coverage for millions of veterans, particularly those suffering debilitating illnesses as a result of exposure to burn pits.
Senate Democrats had attempted to advance the bill on Wednesday, but it only received 55 of the necessary 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. All Democrats and eight Republicans voted in favor of the bill, while three senators were absent.
A quick update. pic.twitter.com/FgT1sGlZCY
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 30, 2022
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough acted as the pizza delivery guy and also facilitated the FaceTime chat.
Proud to bring pizza from @POTUS to the Vets camping out at the Capitol until the Senate passes the PACT Act. ⁰⁰These heroes fought for our country—they shouldn’t have to fight for health care, too. The Senate must pass the PACT Act now. https://t.co/CBu6RmkALE
— Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (@SecVetAffairs) July 30, 2022
While on the FaceTime call, President Biden said that the country has a “sacred obligation” to care for those who go to war and care for them and their families after they return. He said opposing the legislation is “despicable,” and he has to believe that the bill’s opponents are “going to make up for the mistake they made.”
I'd planned to stop by the Capitol and visit families fighting to pass burn pits legislation. COVID got in the way, so I FaceTimed them and sent some pizza.
It’s our sacred obligation to care for our veterans. I won’t stop fighting alongside them to get this bill passed. pic.twitter.com/6vURnVSuC9
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 31, 2022
The President’s support is only surpassed by that of Jon Stewart, who was in Washington earlier in the week, where he excoriated the members of the Senate GOP who voted against the bill, mainly Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) July 29, 2022
The President called taking care of American veterans a “sacred obligation.”