Federal Eye: Congress OKs money for families of federal agents killed on duty

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.

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