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 CollinsOvernight Energy: Lawmakers work toward deal on miners’ benefits Schumer: Senate Russia probe moving too slowly Collins: I'm not working with Freedom Caucus chairman on healthcare MORE (R-Maine), Ted CruzTed CruzOvernight Defense: Senators go to White House for North Korea briefing | Admiral takes 'hit' for aircraft carrier mixup | Lawmakers urged to beef up US missile defense Senators get North Korea briefing in unusual WH visit Overnight Tech: FCC chief unveils plan for net neutrality rollback | Tech on Trump's sweeping tax plan | Cruz looks to boost space industry MORE (R-Texas) and Jerry MoranJerry MoranAt the table: The importance of advocating for ABLE GOP lawmakers lead way in holding town halls Yahoo reveals new details about security MORE (R-Kan.) are co-sponsoring the bill, S. 1500

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