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(RepublicanWire.org) – The Biden Treasury Department has launched an investigation into DeSantis’s sending a planeload of illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard, claiming that he may have used COVID relief funds to do so. Congressional Democrats precipitated the action.

“The agency’s inspector general’s office confirmed to several members of Massachusetts’s Democratic congressional delegation that it planned “to get this work underway as soon as possible” to probe Florida’s spending as part of ongoing audits into how states have used the billions in sent to them as part of the American Rescue Plan, according to a letter provided by Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey’s office,” POLITICO reported Wednesday. “In an Oct. 7 letter to Markey and five House members, Richard K. Delmar, deputy inspector general for the Treasury Department told the lawmakers that the agency would “review the allowability” of Covid-19 aid to states “related to immigration generally, and will specifically confirm whether interest earned on (the) funds was utilized by Florida related to immigration activities, and if so, what conditions and limitations apply to such use.”

Can we say just how much this is an improper political witch hunt? The people that need to be investigated here are the Biden team, for once again abusing their offices to go after a political foe.

First of all, plenty of Democrats used COVID funds for non-COVID projects. While the Democrats’ request to investigate DeSantis dated October 7th got immediate action from the Biden Administration, Rep. James Comer’s (R-KY) and Rep. Virginia Foxx’s (R-NC) request to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to get action as to COVID relief funds being used for radical initiatives has gotten no action since September.

“As the Republican leaders on the Committees on Oversight and Reform and Education and Labor, we are continuing Republicans’ investigation into the misuse of COVID-19 relief dollars intended for virus mitigation, the safe reopening of schools, and addressing catastrophic learning loss. On September 14, 2022, Committee Republicans requested documents and communications from your office to understand better how the Department of Education has allowed states to spend COVID-relief funds, specifically the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. You failed to respond by the September 28, 2022, deadline. Despite your failure to respond, the American people are providing numerous examples of wasteful spending of ESSER funds,” wrote the Republican lawmakers.

Joe Biden has sent illegal aliens all over the country including Westchester, New York, under cover of night on our taxpayer funds, and without notifying the cities that he’s dropping the people in. Even some Democrats blasted him over it.

Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) complained that the Biden administration was withholding information about the flights, which reportedly occurred largely at night and in secret.

“We need information from the administration. Where are they sending these kids? So that the school districts can be prepared for the influx of kids, and then we need to get them money,” Suozzi said in October. “I am just angry and frustrated.”

Yet where’s the effort to stop Biden’s actions by the Democrats or the investigation into his misuse of tax dollars? Where’s the investigation of the Democrats who truly misused the funds?

COVID funds have been used for law enforcement in multiple places, such as Mesa, Arizona, so it’s completely in line with that. Plus, the money DeSantis used came from a fund approved by the state legislature to relocate those who have entered the country illegally. The funds came from $12 million in interest from COVID funds, not the COVID funds themselves.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., will introduce a bill this week that aims to divert COVID-19 relief funds provided to federal prisoners under President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan into victim compensation funds.

Dubbed the, “Pay Victims, Not Prisoners Act,” the measure calls for the disclosure of certain prisoner tax return information to the Department of Justice. Should the measure pass, the attorney general, according to text from the measure, will have no more than 90 days to identify “federal prisoners who received a disbursement of a refundable credit” to their commissary account and certain federal prisoners “who owe money pursuant to a judgement issued by a federal court.”

“Taxpayer money should never have been sent to individuals who are serving in federal prison for murder and terrorism,” Budd said. “Each and every taxpayer dollar should be treated as sacred. The Biden administration needs to take responsibility for this massive misuse of taxpayer funds and Congress should act to pass my bill to redirect these dollars away from criminals and towards the victims of these heinous crimes.”

Following its passage in March 2021, the American Rescue Plan provided prisoners in federal facilities across America, including convicted murderers like Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, with stimulus checks. The Biden measure passed through the House and Senate without a GOP amendment that would have prevented the inmates from receiving checks.

Budd, a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the Republican nominee to represent North Carolina in the Senate, wrote two separate letters – one in January and another in April – to the Department of Treasury asking about the payments to incarcerated individuals.

In the letters, Budd asked a series of questions, including how many prisoners received the payments, how much money was sent to prisoner accounts and whether the funds were deposited into inmate trust accounts or sent to third parties.

In response to Budd, the Treasury Department disclosed last month that economic impact payments were provided to “approximately 597,000 individuals who were incarcerated during the 2021 calendar year” and that “$863 million” worth of third-round stimulus payments were sent to prisoners.

The Treasury Department also told Budd that the IRS “does not have access to data that would allow it to determine if a third-round economic impact payment was disbursed to third-parties, including family members of an inmate.”