“There’s an obvious, available fix” for dealing with the government services that have fallen victim to the lapse in spending authority, White House Press Secretary
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Controversy began to swirl this week over the $100,000 in death benefits the
Families frequently use the money to travel for burial services. But the payments were temporarily halted as a result of the political stalemate over funding the federal government.
During an evening walk with his chief of staff on Tuesday, aides say, President
The Pentagon reached a deal with the Fisher House Foundation, a charity helping military families, to pay the benefits until the government reopens. The government will pay back Fisher House.
The GOP-led House, which has passed a number of bills to restart specific government functions, approved a measure to restore payments Wednesday. On Thursday, the Senate gave its unanimous approval.
The administration is opposed to the House GOP's piecemeal measures that restore a few popular programs but leave the rest to languish under the ongoing government shutdown. The Senate has not taken up most of those bills.