Bill would end benefits paid out to Nazis

Bill would end benefits paid out to Nazis
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A pair of Senate Democrats announced legislation Thursday that would end government benefits for former members of the SS.

The bill from Sens. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans Judge Kavanaugh confounds the left This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation MORE (D-N.Y.) and Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyOvernight Health Care: Trump officials explore importing prescription drugs | Key ObamaCare, drug pricing regs under review | GOP looks to blunt attacks on rising premiums | Merck to lower some drug prices Dems pressure GOP to take legal action supporting pre-existing conditions Congress should build upon the ABLE Act, giving more Americans with disabilities access to financial tools MORE (D-Pa.) is meant to close a loophole that has reportedly allowed Nazi war criminals to collect Social Security payments long after they were forced out of the United States.

“It is simply perverse that these criminals have been able to live comfortably abroad thanks to the American taxpayer,” Schumer said.

The senators join Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who announced plans earlier in the week to introduce a bill she has dubbed the Nazi Benefits Termination Act

The lawmakers are acting in response to an Associated Press investigation that identified millions of dollars worth of payments to dozens of Nazi war criminals and SS guards expelled from the U.S. years ago.

The news service cited a “legal loophole that has given the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave.”

The Senate bill would deny all public benefits to any former Nazi, and it sets new requirements for immigration judges hearing applicable cases to declare the war criminals ineligible for federal benefits.

A stop order would be issued to all relevant government agencies and would be subject to review by the attorney general.

Casey called on Congress to move quickly on the matter upon lawmakers’ return to Washington after next month’s elections, calling the AP’s revelations “deeply disturbing.”

“This investigation has revealed a gross injustice, and I’m hopeful that Democrats and Republicans will come together to fix this problem in the very near future,” he said.

Reps. Sam JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert JohnsonMay brings key primaries across nation Loss of Ryan hits hard for House Republicans Watchdog: Social Security acting head hasn't been authorized to serve for months MORE (R-Tex.) and Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraJudge dismisses most of Trump administration lawsuit over California immigration laws Overnight Health Care: Trump officials want more time to reunite families | Washington braces for Supreme Court pick | Nebraska could be next state to vote on Medicaid expansion Judge rejects Trump administration's request to block California sanctuary laws MORE (D-Calif.), the top two members of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, are also preparing similar legislation in the House.

This story was updated with additional information at 3:18 p.m.