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Coats: Military Families Should Not Be Left in the Cold Because of Washington’s Failure to Govern

“This was a promise to families of members of the armed services who voluntarily risked their lives for the United States.”

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate  Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers Act (H.J. Res. 91) which would restore the payment of military death benefits that have been halted since the U.S. government shutdown on October 1:

“I am pleased Congress has approved legislation to restore survivor benefits to the loved ones of fallen service members immediately. Military families should not be left out in the cold because leaders of the very country their brave sons and daughters died for are failing to govern.

“It is one thing for Congress and the president to squabble over policy disagreements, but paying out these benefits is not a matter of policy, it’s a matter of principle. This was a promise to families of members of the armed services who voluntarily risked their lives for the United States.”

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