President Obama directs military death benefits be paid

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(CNN) — President Barack Obama has ordered administration officials to move quickly to find a way to resume paying survivor benefits to the families of slain troops, his spokesman said Wednesday.

“The president was very disturbed to learn of this problem, and he directed the Department of Defense to work with the Office of Management and Budget and his lawyers to develop a possible solution, and he expects this to be fixed today,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Due to the partial federal government shutdown, those benefits, which include a $100,000 payment, are being withheld.

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