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View Diary: Senate votes on shutdown/debt ceiling deal (254 comments)

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  •  Death gratuity (like what was suspended (12+ / 0-)

    for the servicemembers who died during the shutdown). Per a Cong. Research Service report on what happens when members die in office:

    By law, any unpaid balance of salary or other sums due to a deceased Representative or Resident Commissioner are to be paid to their beneficiaries. In addition, it has been the typical practice of the House to provide a death gratuity, equal to the Member’s annual salary, payable to the deceased Member’s widow or widower, or children, either in the annual legislative branch appropriations act or a measure providing supplemental funds for the legislative branch. By statute, a death gratuity is considered a gift.
    Link, footnotes omitted.

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