Late on October 10, President Obama signed the military death benefits bill White House Spokesman Jay Carney described previously as “not necessary.”
The bill passed in the Senate early on October 10 after being passed by the House the day before.
According to Fox News, Carney claimed the bill was “not necessary” because a charity–The Fisher House Foundation–had agreed to cover military death benefits earlier this week.
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) “blasted” Carney’s statement:
Now, we’re learning that the president has taken his political obstinacy to a new low and believes the legislation Congress has passed to right this wrong is ‘not necessary.’ Not only is this legislation necessary, it’s the moral obligation of this nation and it’s the spoken will of Congress that we deliver immediate assistance to the families of fallen service members.
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