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EXCLUSIVE: Republican lawmakers on Thursday probed the Biden administration over billions in missing COVID-19 relief money, demanding Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen answer what the White House is doing to address one of the largest frauds in U.S. history.
In a letter addressed to Yellen that was first obtained by FOX Business, House Ways and Means Republicans said there have been "numerous examples of misuse, fraud and abuse of funds" stemming from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that Democrats signed into law in 2021 without any GOP votes. The spending bill included $1,400 stimulus checks for millions of Americans, as well as expanded unemployment benefits and about $500 billion in unfettered aid for state and local governments.
The Republican lawmakers cited several examples of fraud: Officials in Broward County, Florida, spent about $140 million in pandemic relief money to break ground on a luxury hotel; Dutchess County in New York pledged $12 million for renovations of a minor league baseball stadium; and Arizona officials allocated $7.2 million toward horse racing.
They also noted that congressional oversight efforts uncovered that stimulus checks went to half a million federal prisoners (that is also true of the checks delivered under the legislation signed by former President Donald Trump), as well as Japanese citizens living in Japan and deceased individuals.
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