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The House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously passed legislation that would restore delayed death benefits to families of fallen troops—benefits that were promised, but not delivered because of the government shutdown.

The Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers Act was quickly drafted Tuesday and passed the House, 425-0. The bill comes in the wake of news reports that uncovered the military’s delay of the $100,000 “death gratuities” for the families of fallen soldiers.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) later told reporters that the benefits will be restored "without any question." 

Reid told NBC News that the Senate will "see what the House does" and that the White House and the Pentagon are also working together on a solution.

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