U.S. Sen. Dan Coats introduces bill that would deny Social Security benefits to parole violators, felony suspects

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) introduced legislation Tuesday that would deny Social Security and other benefits to people who have an outstanding arrest warrant for certain felonies or a parole violation.

Specifically, the legislation states that any person who is the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant for a felony or a parole violation that carries a minimum sentence of one year in prison would not be able to receive Social Security retirement and disability benefits, special World War II benefits or supplemental security income payments.

“Hoosier taxpayers should not pay for disability and retirement benefits for those running from the law,” Coats said in a statement. “It is outrageous that individuals subject to an arrest warrant or violating their parole are receiving these benefits. This situation should be corrected immediately.”

If passed, Coats said the legislation could save taxpayers as much as $4.8 billion over 10 years.