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S. 3373: Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022

Aug 2, 2022 at 6:56 p.m. ET. On the Motion to Concur in the Senate.

This was a vote to pass S. 3373 (117th) in the Senate.

The Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 began as H.R. 3967 which passed the House on March 3 and passed the Senate on June 16, both on a bipartisan basis. However, the Senate's changes contained a minor provision that purportedly violated the antiquated "blue slip" provision of the Constitution related to House-origination of revenue bills. As a result, the bill's provisions were given a second chance by being moved into this bill, replacing this bill's text in its entirety with the text of the PACT Act, with the minor offending provision removed to comply with the "blue slip" requirement. It was passed by the House in this form on July 13, though with less support from Republicans than the House's original vote (unlikely related to the removed provision).

In a July 27 procedural vote Republican senators who had voted in favor of the bill blocked consideration of the bill, objecting to a major provision in the bill which was present when they voted for the bill previously.

On August 2, the Senate passed the bill with no further changes and with most senators voting as they did in the original Senate vote on June 16, some changing their vote from against to in favor.

This bill began as the Protecting Our Gold Star Families Education Act and passed the Senate in that form on Feb. 17, 2022. However, its provisions were subsequently replaced in it entirety as described above.


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Yea 89%
Nay 11%
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Motion Agreed to. 3/5 Required. Source:

The Yea votes represented 92% of the country’s population by apportioning each state’s population to its voting senators.

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