Senate passes Cornyn Bill to reinstate death benefits for families of fallen troops, now awaits Obama's signature
POSTED: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 1:55pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 12:20pm
Washington, D.C. (KETK) —
Thursday, the Senate passed H.J.Res. 91, the Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers Act. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) called up the bill in the Senate and succeeded in passing it. The bill passed the House of Representatives 425-0 and now awaits the President’s signature.
Sen. Cornyn released the following statement:
"Despite the delay, I'm pleased that Senate Democrats decided to join Republicans in making sure the surviving families of our men and women in uniform receive the support they are due. I hope President Obama immediately signs this bill into law."
The Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers Act reinstates benefits for surviving family members, including the death gratuity payment, funeral and burial expenses, travel expenses, the dignified transfer of remains, and a housing allowance.
Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance and Judiciary Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.