By JAMES CULLUM
Talk Radio News Service
CAPITOL HILL – The House and Senate have crafted bills that will deny former Nazis and Nazi collaborators from collecting Social Security benefits.
“It’s unacceptable that some of the most heinous perpetrators of war crimes are receiving Social Security benefits on account of a loophole,” Rep. Michael Becerra (D-CA), ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement. ”Social Security must be preserved for hard-working individuals who’ve earned it, not for participants in the atrocities of the Holocaust. The horrific crimes of the Holocaust must never be forgiven or forgotten.”
There are dozens of former Nazis who have collected millions in Social Security payments, according to the Associated Press.
The House legislation would:
Reaffirm the longstanding American view that Nazi perpetrators of the Holocaust engaged in a uniquely horrifying form of evil, and that the genocide they committed must be punished.
Amend the law to stop benefit payments to those stripped of U.S. citizenship due to participation in Nazi activities or who voluntarily renounced their citizenship due to such participation. (Those who are judicially deported are already ineligible for Social Security under current law.)
Require a report to Congress on the number of Nazis whose benefits have been terminated by the Social Security Administration.