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 SchumerTrump is right: The visa lotto has got to go Schumer predicts bipartisan support for passing DACA fix this year No room for amnesty in our government spending bill MORE (D-N.Y.) and Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyBipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program Scarborough: 'Washington would be melting down' if shooter was 'named Muhammad' Dems renew calls for gun control in wake of Texas church shooting 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 JohnsonTexas GOP lawmaker won’t seek reelection GOP to delay release of tax bill House challengers build war chests for 2018 MORE (R-Tex.) and Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraCalifornia attorney general on secession: State is 'economic engine' of US Sunday shows preview: GOP moves toward tax reform The Hill's 12:30 Report 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.