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Congress to Restore Soldier Death Benefits

Seventeen servicemen and women have died since the government shutdown began.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives is expected to pass a spending bill Wednesday to restore death benefits to families of fallen U.S. Service Members.

Since the government shutdown began October 1st, the families of 17 servicemen and women have been denied those benefits, which include travel to the military morgue in Dover, Delaware and $100,000 in compensation.

A bipartisan group of senators is also asking Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to restore those benefits, but officials say the payments would be illegal under the government shutdown.
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