Committee on Ways and Means

Dave Camp

GAO Report: Disability Programs Susceptible to Physician-Assisted Fraud

2014/12/11

Washington, DC – Today, House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) highlighted a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report detailing how the Social Security Administration's (SSA) $200 billion disability benefits programs are at risk for physician-assisted fraud.

The GAO found that SSA’s current anti-fraud efforts are hindered by inadequate employee training and disincentives for employees to report fraudulent activity.  In addition, the GAO found that SSA’s new initiatives to combat physician-assisted fraud are fraught with inadequate planning, data and coordination, thereby placing the nearly bankrupt Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund at an increased risk.

In discussing the report, Chairman Johnson said,  “Medicare doesn’t allow dirty doctors to treat seniors, yet Social Security won’t even question the medical evidence doctors provide.  The disability scandals in Puerto Rico and New York would never have been possible without crooked doctors helping to bilk hard working taxpayers of millions of dollars in annual benefits for nearly 200 undeserving recipients.  It’s time Social Security did a better job protecting the disability program from fraud and abuse.  Congress can help by passing my Stop Disability Fraud Act, which keeps Social Security from using evidence from dirty doctors.” 

“Physician-assisted fraud is a serious problem, and as the GAO points out, Social Security’s current response has been woefully insufficient and inadequate,” Ranking Member Hatch said.  “The disability trust fund is depleting at a rapid rate and each instance of fraud strains scarce resources needed for the truly disabled.  The Social Security Administration has a duty to the American people to ensure that disability benefits go to deserving Americans and that tax dollars received from hard-working American taxpayers are not wasted or stolen.”

SSA uses medical evidence to make determinations on disability benefits applications and is dependent on physicians to provide truthful and accurate medical evidence.  Recently, a number of schemes have come to light wherein fraudsters collude with physicians to submit fraudulent disability applications in order to receive cash payments from SSA.  While it is difficult to determine the exact amount of physician-assisted fraud, each case can cost SSA hundreds of thousands of dollars.  The DI Trust Fund is anticipated to be depleted in 2016.

Key findings from the GAO report follow and a full copy of the report can be found HERE:

Improved Employee Procedures and Training Needed: According the GAO report, “Unless SSA and the DDSs work to remedy performance measures that primarily focus on and reward timeliness, possibly at the expense of delving into potentially problematic claims, the agency will remain vulnerable to potential fraud. Further, absent enhanced and consistent training, front-line staff may lack the expertise to identify and report potential fraud.”

Initiatives Hampered by Mismanagement: According the GAO report, “SSA has launched several initiatives to detect and prevent potential fraud, but their success is hampered by a lack of planning, data, and coordination. … Absent a coordinated and cohesive effort, SSA could undermine the success of its new initiatives and remain vulnerable to physician-assisted fraud in the future.”

Medical Evidence from Sanctioned Physicians: According the GAO report, “SSA has not fully evaluated the risk associated with accepting medical evidence from physicians who are barred from participating in federal health programs. … SSA has some controls in place to help ensure that sanctioned physicians do not perform exams on behalf of the agency. However, the agency could be exposing itself to risk by using medical evidence from physicians who are sanctioned by either federal or state governments.”

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Camp Formally Introduces the Tax Reform Act of 2014

2014/12/11

Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) officially introduced H.R. 1, the ​Tax Reform Act of 2014​.  This proposal formalizes the tax reform discussion draft released on February 26, 2014, without modifications.  Below are excerpts from Chairman Camp's statement submitted for the Congressional Record.

“At its core, the Tax Reform Act of 2014 is about making the tax code simpler and fairer for hardworking taxpayers.  I believe every taxpayer should be able to do his or her taxes without fear that someone with better accountants or lawyers is getting a better deal.  This legislation does that by ensuring that virtually all taxpayers would pay the least amount of taxes without having to keep track of every receipt and record and live in fear of an IRS audit.  This legislation makes the Code more effective and efficient by getting rid of narrowly targeted provisions to lower tax rates across the board.  This will enable small and large businesses alike to expand operations, hire new workers, and increase benefits and take-home pay.

“I hope that the formal introduction of this proposal in the House today will help spur further action on this critical issue in the 114th Congress.”

Based on analysis by the independent, non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), without increasing the budget deficit, the Tax Reform Act of 2014:
  • Creates up to 1.8 million new private sector jobs;
  • Allows roughly 95 percent of filers to get the lowest possible tax rate by simply claiming the standard deduction (no more need to itemize and track receipts); and
  • Strengthens the economy and increases Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by up to $3.4 trillion (the equivalent of 20 percent of today’s economy).

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Full text of Chairman Camp’s statement can be found here.
A section-by-section of the proposal can be found here.
JCT’s technical explanation of the proposal can be found here.

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Chairmen Camp, Royce Introduce Legislation to Bar Foreign Diplomats and UN Employees from U.S. Taxpayer-Funded Healthcare Subsidies

2014/12/10

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced H.R. 5825, the No Healthcare Subsidies for Foreign Diplomats Act, legislation to prevent foreign diplomats from receiving subsidized health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), foreign diplomats and United Nations employees in the United States are currently eligible to obtain American taxpayer-funded subsidies under the ACA, such as premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, just like American citizens and lawful permanent residents.  By contrast, U.S. diplomats overseas do not depend on foreign taxpayers for health care coverage, relying instead on domestic health insurance plans that provide overseas coverage.

Chairman Camp said: “It is absolutely unacceptable – and unfair – that foreign diplomats can have their health costs subsidized by the American taxpayer, all thanks to the President’s health law.  Time and again, the Affordable Care Act has proven to be anything but affordable for taxpayers.  It is not the responsibility of honest, hardworking Americans to provide health coverage for foreign diplomats, but rather a duty of those nations sending them here.  This straightforward legislation will put a stop to this unjust practice, and I am proud to introduce it with my friend Chairman Royce.”

Chairman Royce said: “After many months of inquiry by the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Obama Administration finally came clean about the fact that foreign diplomats are eligible for taxpayer-funded Obamacare subsidies.  This is shockingly unacceptable.  Americans’ tax dollars should not be used to subsidize foreign diplomats’ health coverage.  These foreign governments should cover the healthcare costs of the diplomats they send here.  This important, commonsense legislation makes this clear, and I am pleased to be working with Chairman Camp to move it forward.”

H.R. 5825:

  • Expresses the sense of Congress that foreign diplomats should be allowed to purchase health insurance coverage in the U.S., but the cost of that coverage should be borne by their sending States;
  • Expresses the sense of Congress that U.S. taxpayers should not subsidize the health insurance expenses of foreign diplomats; 
  • Amends the Internal Revenue Code to make foreign diplomats ineligible for health insurance premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions under the ACA;
  • Requires the Secretary of HHS to certify to Congress that no foreign diplomats are receiving such benefits under the ACA; and
  • Requires the Secretary of State to notify all foreign missions in the U.S. that their personnel are ineligible for these benefits under the ACA.

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Note:  The introduction of H.R. 5825 follows a year of inquiry by Chairman Royce.  After the arrest of 25 Russian diplomats for attempting to illegally obtain Medicaid benefits in December of 2013, Chairman Royce began pressing the Obama Administration for information.  Initially, the Committee sent a letter to Secretary Kerry ​requesting information on the arrest and the eligibility of foreign diplomats receiving government-funded medical benefits.  In January and April, the Committee also sent letters to the Secretary of HHS regarding foreign diplomats’ eligibility to receive Obamacare.  In a response on September 30, HHS confirmed foreign diplomats’ eligibility for government subsidized healthcare.  In October, Chairman Royce and Chairman Camp wrote to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen seeking information about how many foreign diplomats have enrolled in the Affordable Care Act and have received subsidies. 

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Camp Floor Statement: H.R. 5806 - The Supporting America's Charities Act

2014/12/10

We find ourselves here today to, once again, address a group of tax provisions that need to be made permanent, this time for the sake of those who give to and ultimately benefit from charitable organizations.

Every day, selfless Americans nationwide decide to donate in support of an array of causes, be it finding a cure for cancer, helping underprivileged children succeed in school, or simply providing a meal and shelter that, for some, is hard to come by.

Countless Americans dedicate their lives to these causes and serving their friends and neighbors in need.  The three charitable policies in this legislation can provide tremendous support for those good works.  However, because these policies are only temporary, they are not nearly as effective as they can or should be.  It is well past time that Congress takes the necessary action to support America’s charities and those that benefit from their work and make these policies permanent. 

We were close to reaching a bipartisan deal with the Senate that would have made them permanent, but the President decided to play politics and issued a veto threat.  Just two days before Thanksgiving, the President announced that he considers a policy that encourages donations to food banks to be a giveaway to big corporations.  I would like to see the President travel to the West Midland Family Center food pantry in my district and tell them that they are a corporate giveaway.

The Supporting America’s Charities Act, H.R. 5806, fixes what the Administration and some Senators decided not to.  This legislation will ultimately increase charitable giving by making these policies permanent and enabling charities to better serve those in need.

These bipartisan proposals previously passed the House in July of this year as part of the America Gives More Act, and continue to experience unrivaled support from organizations nationwide.  In fact, 1,032 charitable organizations have written every Member of Congress in support of the permanent tax incentives.

Take, for example, a joint letter authored in July by five of America’s leading charitable organizations. In discussing their unanimous support for the America Gives More Act, they said, and I quote:

    I do not think I’m alone when I say this: policies that promote donations to health centers, youth counseling programs, and therapy for people with disabilities are NOT giveaways to corporate America.

    As I said last week, the end of the year is fast approaching, and a new tax filing season is just around the corner.  Now is not the time for those who so selflessly donate to wonder what tax surprises are waiting for them, no more than it is the time for charitable organizations to grow uncertain about their futures.

    There is no goodwill like that of an American.  As representatives of this great nation, we should do everything in our power to encourage individuals to give more and help charitable organizations expand their reach nationwide.

    As the giving spirit of the holiday season is around us, I urge my friends on both sides of the aisle, in both houses of Congress, to support those who give and those in need by voting yes on H.R. 5806.

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    Camp, Levin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Taxpayers from Inappropriate Civil Asset Forfeitures

    2014/12/10

    Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) introduced the ​Taxpayer Protections Against Abusive Seizures Act, legislation that provides taxpayers with protections against the inappropriate application of civil forfeiture laws.  These laws were enacted to curtail money laundering and terrorist activities, but a recent report in the New York Times indicates that they have also been used to seize funds from some small businesses, in some cases leaving them with no working capital to make payroll and maintain needed inventory.

    ​The laws are designed to prevent a practice called “structuring,” the act of making small cash deposits to avoid the $10,000 bank-reporting threshold that is commonly used by drug dealers, money launderers, and terrorist entities to avoid detection by authorities.  The laws authorize the government to seize the funds of those found engaging in structuring, and in the instance reported in the New York Times, there were inadequate opportunities for the business owner to challenge the seizures.  

    In announcing the legislation, Chairman Camp said, “In America, a citizen suspected of a crime is innocent until proven guilty.  All too often, however, our current laws allow the government to assume guilt without allowing the accused a speedy hearing, depriving them of much needed working capital.  This bill provides average American small business owners the ability to challenge powerful government agencies like the IRS, and guarantees them their day in court.”

    Ranking Member Levin said, “This legislation would give law-abiding taxpayers – including small business owners – an opportunity to challenge a notice of seizure and ensure that the IRS is acting appropriately and within the law.  Taxpayers have the right to due process when their property is seized, and this bill protects that right.”

    The legislation would provide that an affected person, within fourteen days of receiving a notice of a seizure, may request a court to hold a probable cause hearing within fourteen days of such request.  Additionally, the bill provides that if, within fourteen days of such request, no hearing is held, or if the government fails to show probable cause, the seized funds are automatically returned to the individual.

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    House Passes Important Disability and Tax Extension Legislation

    2014/12/03

    Washington, DC – Today, on a strong bipartisan basis, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 647, the ​Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014, by a vote of 404 to 17.  The House also passed H.R. 5771, the ​Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, by a vote of 378 to 46.

    The ABLE Act (H.R. 647) is designed to help more individuals with disabilities work, save, and live independently without losing access to Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  

    In discussing H.R. 647, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) said, “The ABLE Act will allow those with disabilities and their caregivers to have the stability and security of knowing that they can save and provide for education, housing, and medical expenses in the future.  This is a commonsense bill that will aid those with disabilities and their families so they can live more fulfilling, happy lives and have the ability to provide for a better future.” 

    The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771) would extend, for one year (generally through the end of 2014), a number of tax relief provisions that expired either at the end of calendar year 2013 or during 2014, thus preventing tax increases on millions of families and businesses as the tax year 2014 filing season begins early next year.  By enacting H.R. 5771, Congress can continue to pursue its efforts to make certain expiring tax provisions permanent to provide certainty and stability to families and businesses, without causing disruption for taxpayers trying to file their 2014 tax returns.  

    In discussing H.R. 5771, Chairman Camp said, "With the end of the year and a new tax filing season rapidly approaching, we need to act.  The IRS has been clear that unless Congress acts quickly, it will be forced to delay the start of the tax filing season. American families are struggling to make ends meet as wages remain flat even as expenses rise.  These families cannot and should not face a delay in getting their tax refunds."

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    Text, summary, and background information for H.R. 647 are available here; the CBO score is available here

    Text, summary, and background information for H.R. 5771 are available here; the JCT score is available here.

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    Camp Floor Statement: H.R. 647 - The ABLE Act of 2014

    2014/12/03

    Many of us know the joys and responsibilities of being a parent.  We spend years ensuring our children have the skills and education to reach their full potential as they grow and enter adulthood.  Many of these everyday responsibilities parents face can and often do increase tremendously when they have a child with a disability.  Today, we have an opportunity to ease some of those challenges.

    The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, commonly known as the ABLE Act, will allow those with disabilities and their caregivers to have the stability and security of knowing that they can save and provide for education, housing, and medical expenses in the future.

    In short, the ABLE Act lets those with disabilities set up tax-free savings accounts to help them manage the costs of medical care, housing, transportation, and continued education.  This will allow those who are on Medicaid and SSI to work, earn, and save more while still receiving those important benefits.  It is important to note that these savings accounts will be available to all individuals with disabilities and their caretakers, not just those on Medicaid or SSI.

    This is a commonsense bill that will aid those with disabilities and their caretakers so they can live more fulfilling, happy lives and have the ability to provide for a better future. 

    At the same time, this will not burden taxpayers, since the cost of the ABLE Act is fully offset by the savings provisions in this bill.  These offsets are a balanced and fair mix of savings provisions that all Members should be able to support.

    This bill is supported by more than 70 leading organizations and healthcare professionals, including the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Autism Society of America, Autism Speaks, the Brain Injury Association of America, Easter Seals, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, the National Disability Institute, the National Down Syndrome Society, the National Federation of the Blind, and The ARC. 

    They support this bill because they know it will help more disabled individuals help themselves.  That’s all anyone can ask for, and it is something I am pleased this legislation provides. 

    This is why the ABLE Act has 380 cosponsors in the House and 74 cosponsors in the Senate.  I want to particularly thank the sponsor of this legislation, my friend Representative Ander Crenshaw, as well as Representatives Sessions, McMorris Rogers, and Van Hollen for their diligence in helping us bring this legislation to the floor today.  

    It’s not every day we have the chance to clear major hurdles in front of people who simply need a hand up.  That’s what this bill does, and I encourage all Members to support it.

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    Camp Floor Statement: H.R. 5771 - The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014

    2014/12/03

    As we all know, there is a series of tax provisions that routinely expire that Congress must then renew, typically extending them for one year retroactively and one year prospectively.  Congress routinely extends these policies without offsetting the revenue loss.  This on-again, off-again style of legislating on a temporary basis is a terrible way to make tax policy.

    Hardworking taxpayers deserve to know whether these tax policies are going to be there year in and year out on a permanent basis.  Temporary renewals cannot provide the certainty that American businesses need in order to make the best decisions about how to invest in cutting edge research, whether to buy that new piece of equipment, and most importantly, whether to hire that additional worker.  And, these temporary renewals mean uncertainty for families as well as they try to plan their family budgets.

    Throughout the year, the Ways and Means Committee has produced legislation that carefully examined many of these temporary extenders and reformed and made permanent several of the most important ones.  The whole House, on a bipartisan basis, subsequently passed this legislation.  This included important policies such as a permanent and improved credit for research and development and permanently higher section 179 expensing levels for small businesses – policies that were also included in the President’s budget proposals.


    Analysis by the non-partisan experts at the Joint Committee on Taxation confirmed that permanent extensions of these policies would result in companies spending more on R&D and making new investments, all of which would promote job creation and higher wages.  


    Having passed a number of these policies through the House on a bipartisan basis, we proceeded with the rather old-fashioned approach of beginning bipartisan negotiations with the Senate.  Until last week, we were making significant progress in those negotiations as everyone involved worked in good faith to reach a successful conclusion.  We were close to reaching an agreement that would ensure many of the bills that passed the House on a bipartisan basis would be included. 


    In addition, we were going beyond the list of traditional tax extenders and including additional policies designed specifically to assist low- and middle-income American families.  In particular, policies such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which helps low- and middle-income families afford college, which was also included in the President’s budget proposals.  Other policies included making permanent the deduction for state and local sales taxes and the tax rules for mass transit benefits. 


    However, before those negotiations could conclude, the Administration took the unbelievable step of issuing a veto threat.  Yes – the President issued a veto threat over bipartisan, bicameral negotiations.


    Now, I cannot tell you with certainty exactly what the Administration wants, because the Administration has not even bothered to reach out and tell us what the President’s priorities are.  Rather than trying to engage and work with Congress, the Administration is only communicating through press statements.


    The President has often said he wants to work with Congress to find bipartisan solutions.  In fact, in his press conference after the election, the President said, “I’m eager to work with the new Congress to make the next two years as productive as possible.  I’m committed to making sure that I measure ideas not by whether they are from Democrats or Republicans, but whether they work for the American people.”


    That statement is completely at odds the President’s actions last week.  And we all know that actions speak louder than words. 


    As a result of the Administration’s actions, negotiations with the Senate have come to a standstill.  Inexplicably, the Administration and some Senate Democrats have taken the position that policies that promote savings, investment, charitable donations, and job creation are a “giveaway” to big corporations. 


    Perhaps these Senators and the Administration should listen to the 1,032 charitable organizations that have written to every Member of Congress in support of the permanent tax incentives for charitable giving that would have been included in the agreement with the Senate.  I don’t think that policies that promote donations to food banks, homeless shelters and hospitals are giveaways to corporate America.


    The Administration’s actions now force us to take a different and less effective approach.  With the end of the year and a new tax filing season rapidly approaching, we need to act.  The IRS has been clear that unless Congress acts quickly, it will be forced to delay the start of the tax filing season. 


    American families are struggling to make ends meet as wages remain flat even as expenses rise.  These families cannot and should not face a delay in getting their tax refunds.


    The legislation before you today will address the concerns raised by the IRS and ensure the tax filing season can open on time.  We should ensure that the President’s actions do not hurt hardworking taxpayers who are counting on that tax refund.  Therefore, I urge the House to pass this legislation and ensure that the tax filing season opens on time. 

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    Brady, McDermott Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Medicare Fraud

    2014/12/02

    Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced the Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act (PIMA) of 2014.  The legislation reforms Medicare’s anti-fraud programs and emphasizes preventing fraud, waste, and abuse before it happens.

    In announcing the legislation, Chairman Brady said, "Medicare fraud is far too prevalent in too many communities across America.  It is stealing precious dollars from our seniors, in schemes large and small.  The Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act is a bipartisan measure that takes important steps toward preventing fraud within Medicare, including removing social security numbers from Medicare cards and improving coordination and education between Medicare contractors and the doctors and hospitals that serve our seniors.  It takes Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse head on, and I am very happy to introduce this bill with my friend and colleague Dr. Jim McDermott.”

    “The Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act makes a number of improvements that will modernize and strengthen the fraud, waste, and abuse laws, incorporating ideas from Members of both parties,” said Ranking Member McDermott.  “Although I continue to have reservations regarding certain provisions, I have agreed to join in this effort because I believe that the American people deserve a collaborative approach to this nonpartisan issue.  I thank Chairman Brady for his willingness to work together on this legislation, and I look forward to continuing this conversation in the coming Congress.”

    The legislation is a combination of bipartisan Ways and Means policy proposals, including proposals that would:
    • Remove social security numbers from Medicare beneficiary cards and is based on legislation introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson and Rep. Lloyd Doggett in each of the last three Congresses. (H.R. 781)
    • Increase outreach and education for providers by Medicare contractors and other program integrity efforts in the PRIME Act, legislation sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam and Rep. Earl Blumenauer. (H.R.2305)
    • Require consideration of use of smart cards in Medicare, a provision spearheaded by Rep. Jim Gerlach and Rep. Earl Blumenauer. (H.R. 3024)
    • Expand who can document the face-to-face encounter required for Medicare durable medical equipment prescriptions to include nurse practitioners and physician assistants, as allowed by state law, based on legislation introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott. (H.R. 3833)
    • Provide existing beneficiaries the option to receive a Medicare summary notice (MSN) electronically beginning in 2015 and Medicare Administrative Contractor efficiency measures in accordance with a bill introduced by Rep. Jim Renacci and co-sponsored by Rep. Bill Pascrell. (H.R. 4853)
    • Require that the HHS Secretary issue guidance on the application of the “Common Rule,” which provides protection for individuals involved in research by incorporating a policy advocated by Rep. Bill Pascrell.
    • Require the HHS Secretary to issue a report describing how a permanent physician-hospital gainsharing program can best be established based on policy advocated by Rep. Charles Boustany.
    • Require changes to gainsharing restrictions to apply only to medically necessary services, allowing for the elimination of wasteful activity as introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott. (H.R. 4658)
    • Require the HHS Secretary to require each home health agency to obtain a surety bond in the amount of no less than $50,000 as a condition of participation in the Medicare program based on a bill introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott. (H.R. 3832)
    • Repeal a duplicative provision in statute causing unnecessary paperwork and burdens on employers based on a bill introduced by Rep. John Lewis. (H.R. 5102)

    A section-by-section of the bill can be viewed here.

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    House Passes Bipartisan Bill to End Social Security Benefits for Nazis

    2014/12/02

    Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5739, the No Social Security for Nazis Act, with unanimous support from both sides of the aisle.  Introduced by Ways and Means Social Security Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Ranking Member Xavier Becerra (D-CA), H.R. 5739 would stop Social Security benefits to Nazis.

    In introducing the bill on the House floor, Chairman Johnson said, “For many years, a loophole has allowed Nazis to get Social Security benefits.  While the number of Nazis receiving Social Security is few, allowing payments to continue is an insult to those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis.  Today the House took an important step to right this wrong.  I urge the Senate to immediately take up this bill and send it to the President.”

    Ranking Member Becerra added, “The perpetrators of the Holocaust have no place in the United States of America and under no circumstances should they have access to our crown jewel, Social Security.  Thanks to bipartisan work in both the House and Senate, Congress is taking swift action to ensure that these heinous war criminals can no longer exploit a loophole to receive benefits.  This vote shows that Congress can and will continue to protect the hard-earned Social Security benefits that millions of Americans rely on.”

    Specifically, the bill amends the law to:

    • Stop benefit payments to those denaturalized due to participation in Nazi persecutions (as defined in the Immigration and Nationality Act) or who voluntarily renounced their citizenship as part of a settlement with the Attorney General related to their participation in Nazi persecution (those who are judicially deported are already ineligible for Social Security under current law);

    • Ensure individuals who are ineligible for benefits based on participation in Nazi persecutions do not receive spouse benefits due to marriage to a Social Security beneficiary or Supplemental Security Income benefits; and

    • Requires the Attorney General to certify to the Ways and Means Committee and Finance Committee that Social Security has been notified of all those whose benefits should be terminated due to participation in Nazi persecutions and requires the Commissioner of Social Security to certify that benefits were terminated.

    Last month, the Senate introduced an identical companion bill. More information, including the full bill text and letters of support, can be viewed here.

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    Chairman Tiberi Announces Hearing on Private Employer Defined Benefit Pension Plans

    2014/09/17


    Chairman Brady Announces Hearing on the Status of the Affordable Care Act Implementation

    2014/09/10


    Chairman Reichert Announces Hearing on Social Impact Bonds: Can They Help Government Achieve Better Results for Families in Need?

    2014/09/09


    Markup of: H.R. 647, "ABLE Act of 2013"

    2014/07/31


    Chairman Reichert Announces Hearing on Subsidized Job Programs and their Effectiveness in Helping Families Go to Work and Escape Poverty

    2014/07/30


    Chairman Tiberi Announces Hearing on Dynamic Analysis of the Tax Reform Act of 2014

    2014/07/30


    Chairman Nunes Announces Hearing on Advancing the U.S. Trade Agenda: Trade with Africa and the African Growth and Opportunity Act

    2014/07/29


    Chairman Johnson Announces Hearing on What Workers Need to Know About Social Security as They Plan for Their Retirement

    2014/07/29


    Chairman Brady Announces Hearing on the Future of Medicare Advantage Health Plans

    2014/07/24


    Boustany Announces Hearing on the Integrity of the Affordable Care Act’s Premium Tax Credit

    2014/07/23


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    Diane Black

    TENNESSEE's 6th DISTRICT

    Charles Boustany

    LOUISIANA's 3rd DISTRICT

    Kevin Brady

    TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

    Vern Buchanan

    FLORIDA's 16th DISTRICT

    Dave Camp

    MICHIGAN's 4th DISTRICT

    Jim Gerlach

    PENNSYLVANIA's 6th DISTRICT

    Tim Griffin

    ARKANSAS' 2nd DISTRICT

    Lynn Jenkins

    KANSAS' 2nd DISTRICT

    Sam Johnson

    TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

    Mike Kelly

    PENNSYLVANIA's 3rd DISTRICT

    Kenny Marchant

    TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

    Devin Nunes

    CALIFORNIA's 22nd DISTRICT

    Erik Paulsen

    MINNESOTA's 3rd DISTRICT

    Tom Price

    GEORGIA's 6th DISTRICT

    Tom Reed

    NEW YORK's 23rd DISTRICT

    Dave Reichert

    WASHINGTON's 8th DISTRICT

    Jim Renacci

    OHIO's 16th DISTRICT

    Peter Roskam

    ILLINOIS' 6th DISTRICT

    Paul Ryan

    WISCONSIN's 1st DISTRICT

    Aaron Schock

    ILLINOIS' 18th DISTRICT

    Adrian Smith

    NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

    Pat Tiberi

    OHIO's 12th DISTRICT

    Todd Young

    INDIANA's 9th DISTRICT