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The Senate passed a measure that would make the Army account for every grave in Arlington Cemetery, correct any errors and report regularly to Congress.
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The Senate passed a measure that would make the Army account for every grave in Arlington Cemetery, correct any errors and report regularly to Congress.

Congress is getting involved in record-keeping at Arlington National Cemetery. As controversy continues over mismarked graves, senators say they want more clarity in how graves are identified at Arlington.

The Senate passed a measure Saturday that would make the Army account for every grave at Arlington and correct any errors. It would also require the secretary of the Army to report to Congress on how contracts for the cemetery are reviewed and managed. The vote comes after the Army launched a criminal investigation into hundreds of mismarked and unmarked graves.

Officials are also investigating how eight sets of cremated remains ended up in a single gravesite. For the Senate bill to become law, a legislation bill would have to clear the House and be signed by President Obama.

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