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senate Bill S. 136

Should the Fathers of Deceased Veterans Receive the Same Benefits as Mothers?

Argument in favor

Current law is sexist. Having your child killed or seriously disabled in combat is painful, regardless of your gender. All parents whose children die in service to our country deserve our honor.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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09/23/2015
Both parents should receive the same benefits.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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11/15/2015
Of course, even men should have benefits, though some liberals would argue otherwise.
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Argument opposed

Changing the law is sexist. Women already face huge obstacles in finding employment and earning the same wage as men. To deny them a benefit for the child that they raised is disgusting.

InformedCitizen's Opinion
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03/24/2016
Fathers should be able to work and put a roof over their own head. They should not receive benefits for their deceased sons.
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Alis's Opinion
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11/13/2015
I am no insensitive to the suffering of BOTH parents who lose a child in combat or have to care for a seriously disabled child wounded in war. Nevertheless, women face enormous obstacles already and are usually the primary caregivers. I fear (and am quite certain given our history) that changing this will devolve into women being pushed aside when they need assistance the most. Sorry, gentlemen, you get the advantage in every field you enter, this should not be one of them. Suck it up & cope!
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bill Progress


  • EnactedOctober 7th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed September 28th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
  • The senate Passed May 11th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2015

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in Senate
  • referral
    Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
  • calendar
    Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
  • reported
    Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Reported by Senator Johnson without amendment. With written report No. 114-35.
  • calendar
    Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 67.
  • vote
    Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
  • action
    Message on Senate action sent to the House.
  • action
    Received in the House.
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • calendar
    Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
  • action
    Reported by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. H. Rept. 114-263.
  • calendar
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 199.
  • action
    Mr. Walberg moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 136.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • topresident
    Presented to President.
  • signed
    Signed by President.
  • enacted
    Became Public Law No: 114-62.

bill Progress


  • EnactedOctober 7th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed September 28th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
  • The senate Passed May 11th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2015

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