"Since the United States is the largest contributor to the IMF, we now face a potential scenario where the American taxpayer may be forced to provide tax-free payments to a convicted felon," said Kirk, though Strauss-Kahn’s trial has yet to take place. "This is clearly unacceptable, and I call on U.S. Executive Director to the IMF, Meg Lundsager, to advocate that no future benefits be dispensed to Mr. Strauss-Kahn."

"This institution’s critical role as the international lender of last resort requires determined and responsible leadership," continued Kirk in a speech from the Senate floor. "Mr. Strauss-Kahn has clearly failed to live up to those expectations and American taxpayers should not be funding his retirement."

The IMF confirmed earlier in the week that it planned to pay Strauss-Kahn the $287,287 severance package required by his contract.