Wednesday 10 August 2022 04:34 PM Biden thanks Jon Stewart and hugs families of service members exposed to burn ... trends now
The issue is deeply personal to Biden, who again expressed belief that his son Beau's death from brain cancer was linked to breathing fumes from burning trash.
After signing the 'PACT Act' into law he spent time hugging relatives of service men and women who had died, and thanking members of Congress who had made it possible.
But he reserved particularly thanks for Stewart.
'What you've done, John, matters,' he said. 'And you know it does.
'You should know it really, really matters.
'You refused to let anybody forget, refused to let them forget and we owe you big, man.'
President Joe Biden thanked comedian Jon Stewart on Wednesday as he signed into law new benefits and protections for service members exposed to toxic burn pits
Biden headed straight for his grandson Hunter - the son of Beau, whose death the president linked to toxic burn pits in Iraq
After signing the new law, Biden handed his pen to Brielle Robinson. The legislation is named for her father Sgt. 1st Class Heath Robinson, who died of cancer two years ago
Stewart joined protesters at the Capitol earlier this month as the Senate voted on the bill
He joked that he wanted to join Stewart on the steps of Congress during protests there.
'The Secret Service said that would be a pain in the neck and wouldn't let me do it,' he said.
Toxic burn pits have been a personal issue for Biden. He made a family link during his speech, pointing out his grandson Hunter as he directly addressed Brielle Robinson, The legislation is named for her father Sgt. 1st Class Heath Robinson, who died of cancer two years ago.