H.J.Res. 91: Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers Act

H.J.Res. 91

Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers Act

Date
October 9, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, the House will consider H.J.Res. 91, the Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers Act, under a suspension of the rules.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), on October 9, 2013.

Bill Summary

H.J.Res. 91 provides for the immediate availability of money in the Treasury for death gratuities and related benefits for survivors of deceased military service members of the Department of Defense.  Funds are to be made available through the end of Fiscal Year 2014.     

Background

On September 29, 2013, the House passed H.R. 3210, the Pay Our Military Act unanimously (See Roll Call 499).  The legislation ensured that all military payments would be dispersed in the event of a lapse of appropriations.  Death gratuities for families of deceased military service members were intended to be included in the bill.  This legislation simply provides explicit authority to the Department of Defense to disburse these payments. 

Cost

CBO estimates that enacting H.J.Res. 91 would result in a budget authority of approximately $150 million.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.