In Washington, this afternoon, on day nine of the partial government shutdown, congress is voting to fix unintended collateral damage from the dispute that's embarrassed both parties: Death benefits not being paid to the families of fallen American soldiers.
Steve Handelsman reports.
It's an oversight symbolic of the disfunction in Washington that both sides are rushing to fix it.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel went to Dover Air Force Base amid outrage that the shutdown standoff went too far.
The remains of four u-s troops killed in Afghanistan were returned, but the usual $100,000 death benefits to help families with expenses were not paid.
26 families affected.
Hagel and President Obama are said to be very disturbed.
And veterans won't get benefit checks next month. Some could become homeless.
Secretary for Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki says, "I just didn't think the August members of this committee or the congress would allow this to happen."
Republicans blamed democrats.
"The administration is playing politics on the backs of the fallen. This is unconscionable," says republican Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina
The white house admitted death benefits should have been restored when troops were guaranteed pay.
The house voted a remedy unanimously, and some saw signs of more bipartisanship.
From a top house republican, Paul Ryan. He called for both sides to cut spending and reform tax laws but did not mention Obamacare that John Boehner still sees as central.
House Speaker Boehner called the whole situation a 'trainwreck.'
"How can we tax people for not buying a product from a website that doesn't work?"
The scene at Dover a sad reminder that much of government is not working for families as well as it could.
After the house vote, the pentagon announced that the private fisher foundation will pay the full death benefit to military families and later be reimbursed by the government.
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