Radio host Bill Press: ‘Big mistake’ to pay death benefits to military families during shutdown

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Liberal radio host Bill Press said on his morning program Thursday that military families should not be paid special attention by the media for not receiving death benefits during the government shutdown, Mediaite.com reported.

“What I’m going to say, no one else will say, but I’m going to say it anyway,” the host said. “I think it’s a big mistake to pay the death benefits to the families of members of the military who are killed in Afghanistan and whose bodies are being brought back to Dover Air Force base and were not going to get benefits because of the government shutdown.”


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“When you shut down the government, a lot of great things are not going to get done,” he continued. “And why should we make an exception for those that just happen to pop up and get a lot of media attention?”

Mr. Press listed occupational safety inspectors and the CDC’s seasonal flu prevention program as equally needing exceptions to the shutdown, but that still don’t deserve execution because it would “allow the shutdown to continue.”

By voice vote Thursday, the Senate approved a measure that would reinstate benefits for surviving family members of fallen troops, which passed the bill to President Obama that afternoon.

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