09.22.20

Daines: It’s Time to Pass My Bill to Prevent Child Predators from Receiving Government Pensions

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged his Senate colleagues to pass his bill that would prevent convicted pedophiles from receiving a federal government pension. Daines introduced his bill in response to Stanley Patrick Weber – a former U.S. Indian Health Services pediatrician and convicted child molester who abused children for decades, including on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana.

“I write to highlight my legislation, the Denying Pensions to Convicted Child Molesters Act, which has been pending before your committee for more than a year,” Daines wrote. “In that time, perpetrators of some of the most heinous crimes imaginable remain eligible to receive tax-payer funded pensions. That this is allowed to continue is unconscionable. I urge your committee to hold a business meeting on my bill as soon as possible so this common sense solution can be passed into law.”

To read Daines' full letter to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, click HERE.

Background:

On June 28th, 2019, Daines received a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to the Senator’s call for action to take away convicted pedophile Stanley Patrick Weber’s government pension.

On May 1st, 2019, Daines introduced a bill to prevent convicted pedophiles from receiving a federal government pension.

On March 28th, 2019, Daines sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), urging he stop Stanley Patrick Weber, a former Indian Health Service (IHS) pediatrician recently convicted for molesting children while working on the Blackfeet Reservation, from continuing to receive a government pension in prison.

In March of 2019, a report showed that Weber could receive nearly $2 million while serving in prison.

On March 14th, 2019, Daines demanded answers on recent cases of abuse in the Indian Health Service (IHS).

On February 22nd, 2019, Daines sent a letter to Rear Adm. Michael Weahkee, the Acting Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), demanding answers on Stanley Patrick Weber, a former pediatrician at IHS who was recently convicted of sexually molesting children while working on the Blackfeet Reservation.