WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the Fischer House Foundation, a private non-profit foundation, will ensure families of fallen service members continue to receive assistance despite the ongoing government shutdown:
"The Fischer House's offer to provide benefits to the families of our fallen heroes is noble and praiseworthy. I greatly appreciate the Fischer House for continuing their long history of care and support of our men and women in uniform and their families, but I urge Majority Leader Reid to swiftly put forward the House-passed legislation to restore this benefit. The support our nation provides to the families of those who make the ultimate sacrifice for our nation’s security should never be impacted by the fights in Washington, and the government should not delegate this responsibility. It is Congress' constitutional duty to ensure a strong national security. Former President Lincoln understood a vital part of that duty is to care for the families of the fallen when he proclaimed in 1865: 'To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.'"