SPEAKS ON THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FLOOR FOR A SOLUTION
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus, took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to uphold the government’s obligation to military families who have lost a loved one in service to our nation. Congressman Bishop joined a bipartisan group of fourteen Republicans and Democrats as an original co-sponsor of H.J. Resolution 91, a bill to amend the Pay Our Military Act by allowing the Department of Defense to disburse the standard survivor benefits to families of fallen service members, despite the government shutdown. H.J. Resolution 91 passed 425 to 0.
“Imagine the pain these families are going through, coping with the death of their loved one. Now imagine being greeted with the cold shoulder of a shuttered government. Their country turning on them, all because of an unnecessary shutdown,” said Congressman Bishop. “This is not minimal. These are our sons and daughters we have sent to combat in faraway lands and they should never have to question our nation’s resolve in taking care of their families. We must reopen our government so that such inconveniences do not continue to plague our nation.”
MilFam Survivor Benefits