Chairman Takano on House Passage of his Honoring Our Pact Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs (HVAC) Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on the passage of S.3373, the vehicle used to carry his Honoring our PACT Act.

During his State of the Union address, President Biden said that he would be ready to sign comprehensive toxic exposure legislation into law if it came across his desk. Today, the House of Representatives has come one step closer to that goal by passing my Honoring our PACT Act and honoring the sacred promise we have made with America’s veterans by delivering the most comprehensive toxic exposure legislation to date.

Today’s action would not have been possible if it were not for the tireless advocacy and selflessness of toxic-exposed veterans who shared their stories and advocated for a comprehensive bill like this. Tragically, many of these voices like Wesley Black, Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas, Heath Robinson, and Jennifer Kepner are no longer with us. They devoted what remained of their lives to their fellow veterans, they shared their deeply personal stories showing the world the true consequences of toxic exposure. We are grateful for their stories and indebted to them for their service and advocacy.