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Attorney General Ashley Moody Urges Congress To Clear Barriers To Death Benefits For Families Of First Responders

Wilfredo Lee
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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is shown, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Miami.

Florida's Ashley Moody is joining other Attorneys General in asking Congress to clear the way for families of first responders who die of COVID-19 to apply for federal benefits. Right now, the family must prove the person caught an infectious disease from a work-related activity. The Attorneys General say that it might be difficult to prove with COVID-19.

"We must support these brave men and women who face danger daily on our behalf, and as the wife of a law enforcement officer, I can tell you we must also support their families should they make the ultimate sacrifice," Moody says.

The U.S. Senate passed an act to suspend the barriers to death benefits temporarily. The House of Representatives is considering the measure.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.