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Senate approves bill to help Lejeune Marines

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a measure that provides health care for thousands of Camp Lejeune Marines and family members who suffered because of water contamination at the base.

The bill to provide care to Marines who lived or worked at the base from Jan. 1, 1957, to Dec. 31, 1987, passed Wednesday night. Passage came after supporters amended the bill to address the concerns of Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

DeMint had blocked the bill because of concerns about fraud. A spokesman for Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said the bill will be amended to include language saying the care can be denied if it’s proved that the person’s illness wasn’t caused by exposure to chemicals at Camp Lejeune.

The amended bill would go to the U.S. House for approval.

Source: The Associated Press