Support builds for ending benefits to former Nazis

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Posted: Nov 19, 2014 10:24 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporting is growing on Capitol Hill to strip suspected Nazi war criminals of their Social Security benefits.

Members of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees introduced bills Wednesday to close a loophole in the law that allowed former Nazis to receive Social Security payments after being forced to leave the United States. The committees have jurisdiction over the Social Security program.

The bills are in response to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars in benefits have been paid to dozens of former Nazis. The AP found at least four were alive, living in Europe on Social Security.

Separate bills to terminate benefits to former Nazis were introduced in House and Senate last week.

The White House has signaled its support for the legislation.