Washington (Feb. 7, 2003) -- The Senate Finance Committee is offering some solace to the grieving families of the Columbia space shuttle crew in the form of a tax break.

Under legislation approved Wednesday by the Finance Committee, the families will not owe federal tax on any income earned for this year or 2002. Also exempt from taxation is any death benefit paid by the government in connection with the accident. Additionally, the legislation provides estate tax relief for those who flew aboard the shuttle.

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