WASHINGTON (WAVY) - Wednesday, grieving families of fallen service members made the trip to Dover Air Force Base where their loved ones were brought home, to be buried.
Their grief was met by outrage this week.
Senator John McCain said to his fellow colleagues “I’m ashamed. We all should be."
It's a casualty of the impasse in Washington that has both Americans and Congress disgusted.
The House voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to restore these much-needed and deserved benefits snagged by the shutdown.
Virginia Senator Tim Kaine sent WAVY.com a statement, which read:
"I applaud Secretary Hagel and the Department of Defense for finding a solution to restore benefit payments to families of fallen soldiers. This is the least we can do for our nation's military families who sacrifice so much."
He said it is progress, but speaking at a news conference with fellow leaders of the Democratic Party, he made clear that there is still more work to be done.
“If another nation attacked the U.S. and shut our government down, if another nation attacked the U.S. and took our financial system I know exactly what we would do. Congress and the American people would rally with every ounce of energy they had to keep government open to pay our bills,” said Kaine.
Senator Mark Warner agreed.
“This is not the way the greatest government in the world should operate,” said Warner. “The whole government needs to be open. When we see a tragedy like with our troops, parks, and veterans this piece meal sending over legislation makes no sense.”
Meanwhile, time continues to draw out for countless individuals and families waiting for this to end.
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