Rep. Carolyn Maloney hopes the House will vote on the legislation this month
Lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that seeks to bar Nazis from receiving benefits like Social Security.
An October AP report revealed that the U.S. government had given millions of dollars to former Nazis in Social Security payments, even after many had left the country. At least 38 out of 66 who fled or were deported since 1979 continued to receive payments. At least four suspects are still alive and in Europe, living on American funds. Four more suspected Nazis continue to live stateside.
The new legislation would put an end to all federal benefits, and would require the attorney general to communicate with the Social Security Administration about all those who lose their American citizenship as a result of Nazi investigations. The bill is sponsored by Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who said she hopes the House will vote on the measure this month.