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Families of Fallen Troops Denied Benefits Day 9 Of Government Shutdown

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We are at day nine of the partial government shutdown, and the blame game continues with little sign of progress.

As Congress continues to fight, families of troops killed in the line of duty are feeling the impact.

The bodies of four American service members killed over the weekend arrived at Dover Air Force Base Wednesday.

Normally, the government would pay for families to fly to Delaware to be there when the bodies arrive, but that money is on hold because of the shutdown.

The government has already denied benefits to the families of 17 service members, including a $100,000 payment due within 36 hours of death.

The House is expected to vote Wednesday on restoring those benefits, but President Obama says he will not negotiate on anything until Congress reopens the government and raises the debt ceiling.