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Veterans Affairs Secretary Says Benefit Payments Will Halt If Shutdown Continues

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Shinseki testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee that 5.18 million beneficiaries are expecting about $6.25 billion dollars in payments, which cover a range of benefits from tuition compensation to support for surviving spouses and children of a deceased member of the military or veteran.

House Republicans advanced a series of bills to fund portions of the government, including Veterans Affairs, in a piecemeal fashion. Senate Democrats have said those smaller bills won't pass their chamber, and the White House has threatened to veto piecemeal legislation.