Congressman Jason Smith Honors Sacrifice of Fallen Soldiers and Military Families
WASHINGTON – Today, October 9, 2013, Congressman Jason Smith voted in support of H.J.Res. 91 - Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers, to restore funding for death benefits that are paid to the families of service members killed in combat. Before the vote, Smith spoke on the floor of the House to urge all Member of Congress to put politics aside in favor of honoring American service members and their families.
“Yesterday people across our country were shocked to learn that families of troops who died in combat are being denied death benefits. Like so many in my district, I was appalled to see news reports showing so little respect or care for the families of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Smith. “Surely Democrats and Republicans can come together to support our troops and to support their families. This issue should rise above any political divide. Troops who lay down their life in battle should never be forgotten by their government.”
Smith hopes H.J.Res. 91 - Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers will receive quick support from the Senate and President Obama.
“The House unanimously approved H.J.Res. 91 - Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers. I am hopeful this legislation will then be taken up immediately in the Senate and then quickly signed into law by President Obama. We must correct this wrong,” said Smith.