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Shutdown Halts Death Benefits for Families of Fallen Soldiers

The shuttered federal government is withholding a $100,000 "death gratuity" normally wired within 36 hours to relatives of soldiers killed at war.
The shuttered federal government is withholding a $100,000 "death gratuity" normally wired within 36 hours to relatives of soldiers killed at war.

Meanwhile, House Republicans, Senate Democrats and the White House are all talking less about the shutdown and more about another impending crisis.

The focus is shifting from Obamacare to a debt ceiling crisis nine days away.

Republicans are demanding significant spending cuts.

President Obama, meanwhile, is holding out for a clean bill now and budget talks later.
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