When members of the US Armed Forces are killed their families receive a $100,000 “Death Gratuity”. This benefit is supposed to be paid within days of the service members death.
Just before the shutdown went into effect the House and Senate passed and Obama signed a bill ensuring that members of the military would be paid and that benefits of all sorts would continue to be honored.
Tragically, 5 US service members were killed in Afghanistan last week. The Department of Defense tweeted(!) that because of the shutdown their families couldn’t receive their payment.
Republican House members are outraged that not only is Obama refusing to pay the authorized benefit but won’t answer any questions about it from Congress.
The law means absolutely nothing to the Chicago Thug in the White House, other than as a tool with which to advance the anti-American tyranny to which his entire life has been dedicated.