Sen. DeMint blocks bill for Marines' Lejeune water victimsQuicklink submitted by Sheila Samples Permalink
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|Thousands of sick Marine veterans and their families may be on the verge of taking a giant leap toward receiving health care for illnesses they suffered from decades of water contamination at Marines Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. Legislation that has languished for years was expected to be voted on in the full Senate this week under an across-the-aisle deal between the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. But a South Carolina senator has blocked the bill, saying he worries about fraud. Republican Sen. Jim DeMint's stance has developed into an intraparty standoff with Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the Senate bill's lead sponsor, who led the call to help the Marines and their families.|
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