House votes unanimously to restore military death benefits
October 9th, 2013
02:34 PM ET
10 months ago

House votes unanimously to restore military death benefits

(CNN) - The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to fund payments of death benefits to survivors of fallen military personnel - benefits that were halted because of the partial government shutdown.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. anonymous

    Yet another Obama admnistration tactic of abusing the American people to make them suffer. This illustrates just how low these leftist criminals will stoop to inflict injury on the most vulnerable of people, families who have just lost a loved one.

    October 9, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    But if you're on WIC, drop dead ... unless you're in the military, in which case you're likely on WIC. After you're dead from poor nutrition, we'll extend death benefits to your survivors.

    Super-brilliance!

    October 9, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Allen Hussein

    Now will Ted Cruz and Mike Lee filibuster this in the Senate?

    October 9, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. rs

    Question to the GOP: do you think this little time-wasting exercise improves your image? You're not doing it because you care about the military or their families. You're still just playing games. Fund the damned government- all of it, now!

    October 9, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Sgt. York

    As Commander-in-Chief President Obama has once again dropped the ball on one of his most important duties. It is simply unforgivable that this sort of thing was allowed to happen. And that useless Chuck Hagel, himself a former military man, should be run out of town for letting this happen. To disrespect our fallen and their families like this is despicable and Obama and Hagel deserve to be publicly flogged.

    October 9, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. S. B. Stein

    Was that all in the legislation? If it wasn't, watch it land in the Senate with a huge thud.

    October 9, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    No what about W.I.C. for the hungry babies and "Meals on Wheels" for the hungry, invalid seniors? Hmm? Better yet, let's be proactive about the whole thing, and avoid any more future crises. Fund everything.

    October 9, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. smith

    @Data-Military personnel on WIC, I don`t think so. You don`t have to hate on the military because you didn`t have the guts to serve. Well the house did its part. Now lets see what the senate will do.

    October 9, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The Tea Garbage that controls the House is so magnanimous!

    October 9, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. James Fugedy

    My republican congressman's offices have remained fully functional since the shutdown.

    October 9, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Data-Military personnel on WIC, I don`t think so. You don`t have to hate on the military because you didn`t have the guts to serve. Well the house did its part. Now lets see what the senate will do.
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    Data's comments had nothing to do with hating the military. Only a hateful, closed mind could intepret the remarks that way. Data was complaining about the willful hypocrisy of the picking and choosing winners by the Tea Party. The fund the things that they like, the military, but refuse to fund the things that they don't like, W.I.C., because they consider it to be a handout. Class dismissed.

    October 9, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. RandyIA

    Data Driven

    But if you're on WIC, drop dead ... unless you're in the military, in which case you're likely on WIC. After you're dead from poor nutrition, we'll extend death benefits to your survivors.

    Super-brilliance!

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    Actually the house passed a bill to fund WIC on Oct. 4th. Harry never let it come to a vote in the Senate.

    Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act (H.J. Res. 75): provides immediate funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which “serves nearly 9 million mothers and young children,” and provides “vital nutrition that poor families might otherwise be unable to afford.” (Passed in the House 244-164)

    October 9, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. stephenson

    solutions? 1) hold a vote on who would like to delay ACA (obamacare) and see if it passes both houses. It won't but maybe with a vote, the ones who want this will see they are a minority holding up the entire government and vote to raise the debt ceiling, fund the gov't.
    2) call in a third-party negotiator to help resolve this through arbitration. Both sides can appoint someone to be their negotiator and an equal number of third-party people should be on the negotiating team.
    3) if these don't work to break the impasse, then Obama, as the President, had to make a concession–just b/c someone needs to put the people and th country first, and he should be the one to take the high ground and give enough to get this resolved. He would have to swallow his pride but in the long run, it will be for the best b/c the country needs a working gov't and not a bunch of ideologues who don't care about the people or the nation or indeed the rest of the world affected by this.

    October 9, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Data Driven

    @smith,

    $100 million of food stamps was claimed by the military last year. Care to retract?

    Also: I always find it funny that certain people brag about their service on the Internet, and yet all the military folks I've ever known in the Marine and Navy stronghold I live in NEVER do. Very interesting.

    October 9, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Thank the GOP garbage of America teaparty and the GOP idiots viburnum Cruz Rubio lee, put the blame where it belongs with these braindead GOP losers and get rid of them next year in the midterms, I'll be first in the GOP Florida lines to vote straight dem!!!!!!

    October 9, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Tony D

    Some Commander-in-Chief. Pathetic, absolutely pathetic. Obama shows the world every day he simply is not up to the job.

    October 9, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. stephenson

    1) hold a vote in both houses as to who wants to delay Obamacare (ACA). I don't think it will pass either house. Then maybe the ones who want this will see they are a minority hilding up the entire gov't from functioning.
    2) gather a negotiating team consisting of one person from each house, one person from the white house, and 2 third-party negotaitors (with lots of experience negotiating). This team will hopefully come up with a solution to keep the gov't going and not go into default.

    If 1 and 2 don't work, the 3) Obama as Prez needs to make a concession enough to get the gov't back on track. Someone has to put the nation, citizens first and he should be big enough to set aside his pride in order to make that happen. He would show he is a responsible leader who sees that the country and its citizens are more important than ideology, even if others don't. He can't sit on his handfs here. Someone needs to be big enough to put first things first–namely the nation as a whole.

    October 9, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Phil

    Each of those radical conservative congressmen and women say the same thing over and over. "I am doing what's best for my district and to hell with the rest of the country!" With that kind of mentality, no matter who is president, our country will be destroyed from within because there is no common ground. Negotiation is legal, extortion is criminal. Stopping the congress from voting on this decisive matter is pure extortion. Some day I hope the penalties are swift and sever!

    October 9, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Viburnum is to stupid to be realected in 2014, get rid of this GOP teabag garbage ASAP

    October 9, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Wake up People!

    @Stephenson

    You do realize there is no voting on the ACA. It is a law and has been implemented and many are benefiting from it. Get over it.

    October 9, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Yet another Obama admnistration tactic of abusing the American people to make them suffer. This illustrates just how low these leftist criminals will stoop to inflict injury on the most vulnerable of people, families who have just lost a loved one."

    Wow. This article reports that it required the House voting to pass (and will require the Senate voting to pass it and then Obama to sign it) legislation to restore these benefits and yet you STILL claim that stopping these benefits is somehow something that Obama chose to do willy-nilly to cause suffering to people? THE MONEY WAS NOT THERE BECAUSE THE CONTIONUING RESOLUTION HAS NOT BEEN PASSED. Are you on shrooms? Take. Your. Meds.

    October 9, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. rs

    anonymous

    Yet another Obama admnistration tactic of abusing the American people to make them suffer. This illustrates just how low these leftist criminals will stoop to inflict injury on the most vulnerable of people, families who have just lost a loved one.

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    Which party ran on creating a shutdown? Which one actually did it (again)? Oh, yeah, the GOP.

    October 9, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    Please proceed, Teatrolls...legislation designed solely to manufacture talking points is not rational governance.

    October 9, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. CB FL

    The TGOP is so nearsighted that when they shut the government down they had no idea what the government did.

    October 9, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Thomas

    How many suicided's has there been this year in the military ?

    Maybe Ted Cruz knows the answer .

    Green Eggs an Ham ?

    October 9, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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