Justice for 'Blue Water Navy' veterans will have to wait until next year

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Veterans and advocates will most likely have to start from scratch next year to expand VA benefits to "Blue Water Navy" veterans after a last-minute effort failed in the Senate Wednesday. 

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) requested the Blue Water Navy Veterans Act of 2018 unanimous consent to approve the legislation, meaning the bill would be on its way to the White House if no senator objected. 
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) opposed, however, saying more science is needed. 

"The brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country should undoubtedly get the medical care that they need in connection with their service," Lee said objecting to the motion on the Senate floor Wednesday. "But as members of this body, it's also our duty to ensure that it's done in a prudent and proper way, with all the relevant information available to us."

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