H.R. 5739, No Social Security for Nazis Act

H.R. 5739

No Social Security for Nazis Act

Committee
Ways and Means

Date
December 2, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5739, the No Social Security for Nazis Act, under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 5739 was introduced on November 19, 2014 by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5739 stops Social Security benefits to any individual who: 1) has been denaturalized due to participation in Nazi persecutions; or 2) has voluntarily renounced their citizenship as part of a settlement agreement with the Attorney General related to their participation in Nazi persecution.  Individuals who are ineligible for benefits under this Act would not be eligible to receive spousal benefits due to marriage to a Social Security beneficiary or Supplemental Security Income benefits.  H.R. 5739 requires the Attorney General to certify to Congress that the Social Security Administration has been notified of all those whose benefits should be terminated, and requires the Commissioner of Social Security to certify that benefits were terminated.

Background

“The legislation is the result of bipartisan work following news reports that some Nazi persecutors, who participated in the systematic murder of millions of innocents, are currently receiving Social Security benefits due to a loophole in the law.”[1]  Some individuals who participated or were involved in persecutions were able to keep their Social Security benefits by leaving the U.S. voluntarily.  This legislation closes that loophole, and requires the Social Security Administration to certify to Congress that those benefits were terminated.

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[1] http://waysandmeans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=397844

Cost

A formal CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable, but no cost is expected.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.