Obama signs bill to pay military death benefitsSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 10/11/2013 - 03:10
Obama signs bill to pay military death benefits
By DONNA CASSATA and DARLENE SUPERVILLE
Oct 10, 9:23 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Families of fallen troops will be assured of receiving death benefits under legislation President Barack Obama signed Thursday amid a national firestorm after the Pentagon suspended the roughly $100,000 payments during the partial government shutdown.
Obama signed the bill into law after it won final passage in the Senate earlier in the day.
But his chief spokesman, Jay Carney, had said the measure was unnecessary because a military charity had stepped in to continue the payments. Carney also had declined to say whether Obama would sign the bill, which reinstates benefits for surviving family members, including funeral and burial expenses, and death gratuity payments.