HAGERSTOWN - A veterans' bill that orders the ashes of convicted double-murderer Russell Wayne Wagner to be removed from Arlington National Cemetery is awaiting President Bush's signature.
White House and U.S. Senate spokespeople contacted Monday - two days after the U.S. Senate passed the bill - weren't sure when it would reach the president.
"In the next couple days," said Amy Call, a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
Once the president receives it, he has 10 days - excluding Sundays - to either sign the bill into law or veto it and return it to the house in which it originated, according to the U.S. Constitution. If he does neither, the bill becomes law.
The order concerning Wagner's ashes was tucked into a comprehensive $3.2 billion spending package for veterans' health care.
The provision, previously passed in a different veterans' bill by the Senate but not the House, says "The Secretary of the Army shall remove the remains of Russell Wayne Wagner from Arlington National Cemetery" and notify his next-of-kin.