Senate custom gives Inouye’s widow a year’s salary

The Senate Handbook states that “in the next Appropriations Bill, an item will be inserted for a gratuity to be paid to the Widow(er) or other next-of-kin, in the amount of one year’s compensation.”

Inouye died in December 2012.

The children of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) saw a similar provision made in 2010, when a budget line item provided a year’s worth of Byrd’s salary for them to share.

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