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 CollinsOvernight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Study: ObamaCare bills backed by Collins would lower premiums Right scrambles GOP budget strategy MORE (R-Maine), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE (R-Texas) and Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranMcConnell works to salvage tax bill GOP in furious push for tax-reform votes Overnight Tech: Lawmakers want answers on Uber breach | Justices divided in patent case | Tech makes plea for net neutrality on Cyber Monday MORE (R-Kan.) are co-sponsoring the bill, S. 1500

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