Despite affecting the Justice Department instead of the Defense Department, Leahy said the amendment was important because it helps take care of families of all first responders by clarifying existing benefits.

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Sen. Tom CoburnTom Coburn'Path of least resistance' problematic for Congress Freedom Caucus saved Paul Ryan's job: GOP has promises to keep Don't be fooled: Carper and Norton don't fight for DC MORE (R-Okla.) opposed the bill, not because he doesn’t think it’s a good cause, he said, but because he thinks it goes beyond the role of the federal government.

“This is a great example of why we have $88 trillion in unfunded liabilities, because we’re doing a function that is truly the job of the states,” Coburn said on the floor before the vote Wednesday. “We spend $85 million a year on this program and I’m not saying that it’s not a needed program for the families but it’s not a federal responsibility.”

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The Senate continues to consider amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 3254, Wednesday evening.