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Congress approves money for families of federal agents killed on duty

By Ed O'Keefe

The families of federal law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty will be able to receive relocation assistance from federal law enforcement agencies thanks to new legislation approved on Tuesday.

The House unanimously passed the Special Agent Samuel Hicks Families of Fallen Heroes Act after the Senate cleared it 10 days ago.

The bill is named for an FBI special agent killed in the line of duty in Nov. 2008. Though the FBI paid to relocate Hicks, his wife and son from Baltimore to Pittsburgh, it was legally prohibited from paying to move his wife and son back to Baltimore. The FBI Agents Association covered the moving costs.

"This is a humanitarian bill that will cost very little, but will mean the world to the survivors of those men and women protecting us on the frontlines every day," said Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), one of the bill's lead sponsors.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will cost federal law enforcement agencies less than $1 million annually since few federal agents are killed each year in the line of duty.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 26, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
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It is shameful that they can't get life insurance and need a special law instead.

Posted by: seraphina21 | May 26, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

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