A bill to provide death benefits to the families of fallen members of the military during the government shutdown was passed by the Senate on Thursday.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) asked the Senate to pass the House measure with unanimous consent, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not object. The bill will now go to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature.
Below, more from the AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved legislation to provide benefits to the families of fallen troops.
The Senate backed the measure Thursday, after the House approved it unanimously a day earlier.
The Pentagon typically pays out $100,000 within three days of a soldier's death. But officials say the shutdown means there's no authority now to pay the money.
That's a point of dispute with members of Congress who argue that the benefits should not be affected.
Facing controversy, the Obama administration announced Wednesday that a charity called the Fischer House Foundation would pick up the costs of the payments during the government shutdown.
This story has been updated with more from the AP.