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H.R. 1928: Families of Fallen Servicemembers First Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 5, 2017 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

I

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1928

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 5, 2017

(for himself and Mr. Thomas J. Rooney of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations

A BILL

To provide a permanent appropriation of funds for the payment of death gratuities and related benefits for survivors of deceased members of the uniformed services in event of any period of lapsed appropriations.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Families of Fallen Servicemembers First Act.

2.

Permanent appropriation of funds for payment of death gratuities and related benefits for survivors of deceased military servicemembers in event of a period of lapsed appropriations

(a)

Appropriation

Funds are hereby appropriated during any period of lapsed appropriations during a fiscal year, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for Operation and Maintenance and Military Personnel accounts related to members of the uniformed services (as defined in section 101(5) of title 37, United States Code) for the payment of death gratuities and the provision of related benefits described in subsection (c) to survivors of deceased members of the uniformed services during the period of lapsed appropriations.

(b)

Rate of appropriation

Funds appropriated pursuant to subsection (a) are appropriated at a rate for operations as provided for the most recent fiscal year for which an Act making appropriations for the uniformed services has been enacted and under the authority and conditions provided in such Act.

(c)

Covered benefits

Funds appropriated pursuant to subsection (a) are available for the following purposes during the period of lapsed appropriations:

(1)

The payment of a death gratuity under sections 1475–1477 and 1489 of title 10, United States Code.

(2)

The payment or reimbursement for funeral and burial expenses authorized under sections 1481 and 1482 of title 10, United States Code.

(3)

The payment or reimbursement of authorized funeral travel and travel related to the dignified transfer of remains and unit memorial services under section 481f of title 37, United States Code.

(4)

The temporary continuation of a basic allowance of housing for dependents of members dying on active duty, as authorized by section 403(l) of title 37, United States Code.

(d)

Duration

Funds appropriated pursuant to subsection (a) and authority granted pursuant to this Act shall be available whenever there is a period of lapsed appropriations for the duration of the period of lapsed appropriations.

(e)

Treatment of expenditures

Expenditures made pursuant to this Act shall be charged to the applicable appropriation, fund, or authorization whenever a bill in which such applicable appropriation, fund, or authorization is contained is enacted into law.

(f)

Rule of implementation

This Act shall be implemented so that only the most limited funding action of that permitted in this Act shall be taken in order to provide for continuation of the benefits described in subsection (c).

(g)

Period of lapsed appropriations defined

In this Act, the term period of lapsed appropriations means any period during which appropriations are not available due to the absence of the timely enactment of any Act or joint resolution (including any Act or joint resolution making continuing appropriations) appropriating funds for the payment of the benefits described in subsection (c).