Jewish Federations Praise House for Passing No Social Security for Nazis Act

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December 2, 2014
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Jewish Federations Praise House for Passing No Social Security for Nazis Act

Washington, D.C. – Closing a loophole in current law, the U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously passed legislation that would terminate Social Security benefits for Nazi war criminals. The Jewish Federations of North America hailed the passage of the “No Social Security for Nazis Act,” for which the organization played a key advocacy role.

William Daroff, senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office for Jewish Federations, stated,

“Ever since we became aware that Nazis were receiving Social Security benefits, the Jewish community has been united in working to make sure that Nazi criminals are prevented from receiving the benefits meant for hard-working American citizens. While the need for this bill is regrettable, we are delighted that the House has come together in a unanimous fashion to pass this important legislation. In particular, we thank Reps. Sam Johnson (R-Tex.) and Xavier Becerra (D-Cal.), and Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-Mich.) for cosponsoring the bill along with 43 other members of Congress. We look forward to this legislation passing the Senate and being signed by President Obama. There are more than 100,000 Holocaust survivors living in the U.S., many of whom struggle to afford basic needs and services. The Holocaust survivors – not their persecutors – need and deserve the support of the U.S. government.”

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The Jewish Federations, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).

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