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Texas lawmakers want Fort Hood shooting labeled "an act of terrorism"

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Texans in Congress are promising help for the victims of the Fort Hood shooting.

Two members of the House and Senator John Cornyn introduced legislation to change the classification of the shooting from "workplace violence" to "an act of terrorism."

That would make uniformed survivors eligible for Purple Hearts.

Survivors and victims' families would also get better federal benefits.

The bill comes just days after the Army psychiatrist sentenced to death for the 2009 shooting rampage arrived on death row at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

Nidal Hasan was convicted last week of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 at Fort Hood, a sprawling Army post in central Texas. The same jurors deliberated less than two hours on Wednesday before deciding he should be put to death.

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