It is our responsibility as Americans to provide for the families of those who have died to defend our nation. Raising the military death benefit is not a Democrat or Republican issue - it is an American issue.
Members of Congress should not be receiving pay raises that are higher than Social Security and other COLAS (cost of living adjustments) during tough economic times, when many families are hurting financially.
Congress does not have contingency plans, ... The Senate can be replaced quickly by gubernatorial appointment, but the House cannot be. And in a bicameral body, what does the Senate do without a House?