An amendment to the Defense Authorization bill on behalf of U.S. Reps. John Carter, R-Round Rock, and Roger Williams, R-Austin, would grant the Purple Heart Medal to victims of the November 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood's Soldier Readiness Center.

U.S. Rep. Michael Conaway R-Midland, added the amendment during the House Armed Services Committee markup of the authorization bill Wednesday night.

Carter and Williams, whose districts include the sprawling post, have been pushing for the recognition.

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