Jul 5 2015

Thom Tillis distinguished himself as speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives by advancing legislation to compensate victims of the state's eugenics program.

Now, as a freshman U.S. senator, he's taking steps at the federal level to secure the payments. With Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tillis introduced a bill last month to prohibit the government from counting state compensation payments against recipients when benefits from federal programs are calculated.

"Federal laws can unintentionally punish victims who receive eugenics compensation by preventing them from receiving federal benefits," Tillis said in a news release. "The bipartisan legislation introduced will ensure that won't happen."

Tillis showed compassion and skill in enacting this important legislation. The Senate should act quickly on this bill before any of the victims loses benefits to which he or she is entitled. After they have waited so long for overdue compensation, it would be another crime if they lost a dime of it.

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