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Bill would bar federal pension to convicted child predators
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After pediatrician Stanley Weber was convicted for sex crimes against children on Native American reservations, he still went on to collect $180,000 from taxpayers until late last year when the federal government finally revoked his pension after a lengthy review process.
Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mt., wants to ensure this doesn’t happen again and on Monday re-introduced the Denying Pensions to Convicted Child Molesters Act. The bluntly titled bill would automatically stop, upon conviction, tax dollars from going to pay for the retirement of child predators who worked for the federal government.
"Child molesters commit one of the most disgusting crimes imaginable against innocent children," Daines told FOX Business in a statement. "But as we saw with the case of Stanley Weber, despite being convicted of this horrendous crime, he was still able to collect a taxpayer-funded government pension for years. We cannot allow that to happen again. Anyone convicted of being a child molester has forfeited their right to a taxpayer-funded pension."
Daines previously introduced the bill in May 2019 and again in September 2020 at a time when Weber was still collecting the pension. Each time it was stalled in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
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Daines also urged the Department of Health and Human Services in a March 2019 letter to revoke Weber’s pension. This will be the first time the bill gets introduced since the federal government revoked Weber’s pension and since the Indian Health Service issued its final report on the matter.