WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has approved legislation to provide benefits to the families of fallen troops.
The Senate backed the measure Thursday, after the House approved it unanimously a day earlier.
The Pentagon typically pays out $100,000 within three days of a soldier's death. But officials say the shutdown means there's no authority now to pay the money.
That's a point of dispute with members of Congress who argue that the benefits should not be affected.
Facing controversy, the Obama administration announced Wednesday that a charity called the Fischer House Foundation would pick up the costs of the payments during the government shutdown.