Last month, Maj. Nidal Hasan was given a death sentence for killing 13 people and injuring 30 more in his attack on the Fort Hood military post in Texas on Nov. 5, 2009. Hasan had ties to radical Islamic groups.

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On Thursday, Cornyn introduced the Honoring the Fort Hood Heroes Act, which would declare that the attack was an act of terrorism, award the Purple Heart to the soldiers killed and wounded in the incident, and provide the victims and their families with military benefits such as life insurance, tax breaks and other combat-related pay.

Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration Republicans agree — it’s only a matter of time for Scott Pruitt Skyrocketing insulin prices provoke new outrage MORE (R-Maine), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington Senate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration Live coverage: High drama as hardline immigration bill fails, compromise vote delayed MORE (R-Texas) and Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranFormer USA Gymnastics CEO pleads Fifth at hearing GOP, Trump at odds on pardon power Lawmakers request meeting with Amtrak CEO over funding for route MORE (R-Kan.) are co-sponsoring the bill, S. 1500

Reps. John Carter (R-Texas) and Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsScalise on shooting: 'I closed that chapter a long time ago' Trump tightens grip on GOP GOP baseball team coach asked Trump to attend game on anniversary of shooting MORE (R-Texas) introduced a companion measure in the House.