Mark Udall, who serves on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, thanked his colleagues for quickly and unanimously approving legislation to allow survivor benefits to be paid to families of fallen U.S. service members. Udall said this episode, however, only underscores the problems the ongoing, politically driven shutdown is causing for Coloradans and families across the country.
"Our troops in harm's way should have no doubt that their families will be well taken care of should tragedy strike. Unfortunately, that sacred trust was broken by this partisan government shutdown," Udall said. "I am proud the U.S. Senate quickly passed this bill, but this consequence of the shutdown only highlights the damaging and entirely foreseeable effects this self-inflicted crisis is having on Coloradans and families across the country. The American public has made it extremely clear that they expect Congress to end this shutdown and avert a government default on its obligations."
Udall has been a strong and stalwart supporter of military families. Shortly before the shutdown began, Udall introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure the nation's military families would not have their paychecks delayed. Udall also has actively urged the Department of Defense to do everything it can to protect military service members and their families from predatory lending schemes.