Reps. Maloney and Chaffetz announce draft of Nazi Benefits Termination Act

Oct 24, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), two senior members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, today released the draft of a bill to cut off Social Security benefits for Nazi war criminals. The legislation is modeled after the 1999 Nazi Benefits Termination Act (H.R. 1788, 106th Congress). The bill affirmatively declares Nazi war criminals ineligible for federal benefits, and would establish a hearing process to present evidence tying individuals to the Holocaust and strip benefits from those determined to have been participants in the Nazi persecutions.

"Our bill will provide the Justice Department with the authority it needs to terminate benefits of Nazi war criminals," said Maloney. "It is modeled on the approach taken by the late Representative Bob Franks in a bill I co-sponsored in 1999, and I am grateful for his work on this issue. I am hopeful that the House will take this bill up when it returns for the lame duck session this November. We should work in a bi-partisan and expeditious manner to terminate these benefits once and for all. The American taxpayer should not be subsidizing the retirements of those guilty of the worst atrocities in human history." 

“This is a matter of principle. Taxpayers should not be funding the retirement of war criminals. This bipartisan legislation expedites the process of stripping benefits from individuals guilty of such egregious acts," said Chaffetz.

The Nazi Benefits Termination Act of 2014 would: 

  • Affirmatively declare Nazi war criminals to be ineligible for federal benefits.
  • Establish a new immigration hearing process in order to terminate all federal benefits, including Social Security payments, to Nazi war criminals. The lack of this process has been the major reason why benefits have not already been terminated.
  • Charge the Department of Justice with bringing individual cases forward to terminate benefits, under this new process. 
    • An immigration judge would then determine if the individual was a participant in the Nazi persecution and if so, the judge would be required to promptly issue an order declaring the individual to be ineligible for any federal benefit, including Social Security. 
    • Any appeal to the judge’s final order must be filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit no later than 30 days after the order becomes final.  


In a bombshell report released Sunday, the Associated Press reopened the discussion on Social Security benefits paid to Nazi war criminals. The investigation revealed that dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States and that four are still collecting benefits.

Sentors Bob Casey (D-PA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) will introduce a companion bill in the Senate.