Cornyn wants Fort Hood shooting declared a terrorist attack

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 CollinsGOP lawmaker: 'Republicans were wrong’ to block Garland Senate passes broad spending bill with .1B in Zika funds Senators unveil bill to overhaul apprenticeship programs MORE (R-Maine), Ted CruzTed CruzEleven states sue Obama over transgender bathroom directive Poll: Clinton leads Trump in Wisconsin by double digits Texas to sue over Obama's transgender bathroom directive MORE (R-Texas) and Jerry MoranJerry MoranPassing the Kelsey Smith Act will help law enforcement save lives Overnight Defense: VA chief 'deeply' regrets Disney remark; Senate fight brews over Gitmo Senate GOP gears up for fight over Gitmo transfers MORE (R-Kan.) are co-sponsoring the bill, S. 1500

Reps. John Carter (R-Texas) and Roger WilliamsRoger WilliamsSmall Business Week: celebrate business owners, don't break them GOP campaign chief: We won’t lose the House Texan running for GOP leadership spot MORE (R-Texas) introduced a companion measure in the House.

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