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Senate OKs bill to pay military death benefits


October 10. 2013 1:40PM
Associated Press

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(AP) The Senate has approved legislation to provide benefits to the families of fallen troops.


The Senate backed the measure Thursday, after the House approved it unanimously a day earlier.


The Pentagon typically pays out $100,000 within three days of a soldier's death. But officials say the shutdown means there's no authority now to pay the money.


That's a point of dispute with members of Congress who argue that the benefits should not be affected.


Facing controversy, the Obama administration announced Wednesday that a charity called the Fischer House Foundation would pick up the costs of the payments during the government shutdown.


Associated Press


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