"Every year federal civilian employees are killed at home and abroad doing their duty for our nation," says a description of the bill on the congressional website of Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), the bill’s lead sponsor. "[T]his legislation would provide a modest, but significant, benefit in honor of these dedicated individuals who sacrificed on our behalf."

Technically, the bill allows the head of federal agencies to expense the flag and discloses information to prove the employee part of the agency. The legislation also requires that agency heads notify their employees of the “flag benefit.”

The bill cleared both chambers unanimously.