President Joe Biden’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gave a large number of inmates at least $1.3 billion in COVID-19 stimulus checks, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
According to IRS data provided to the Free Beacon, there are more than 1.1 million inmates who took the stimulus money as part of Biden’s $1.4 trillion US bailout plan. The inmates who received the stimulus money included about 163,000 people serving life sentences without parole, the IRS told Republican Nebraska Rep. Don Bacon in a letter obtained by the outlet. (RELATED: Most Americans Don’t Buy Claims That Biden’s 87,000 New IRS Employees Will Target the Wealthy)
“Democrats had every chance to prevent taxpayers’ money from going to convicted criminals,” Mike Palicz, federal affairs manager for Americans for Tax Reform, a group that aims to cut federal spending, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Instead, Democrats blocked a Republican amendment that would have prevented inmates from receiving incentive payments and sent up to $1,400 checks to more than a million incarcerated criminals.”
The US bailout plan was signed by Biden in March 2021 to help Americans during the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Americans who earned $75,000 or less per year were eligible for a $1,400 incentive check under the plan, and married couples who collectively earned $150,000 or less were eligible for a $2,800 check.
Republicans overwhelmingly opposed the stimulus package, claiming the price tag was far too high. Republican senators supported an amendment introduced in March 2021 by Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy that Democrats rejected that would stop prisoners from receiving stimulus checks.
“Individuals were not denied economic-impact payments just because they were incarcerated,” the IRS says on its website under a FAQ page about The American Rescue Plan, explaining that inmates may have received money if they received an incarceration in 2019 and 2020. filed tax returns.
It is unclear how many inmates facing the death penalty have received stimulus checks.
An IRS spokesperson told the DCNF that the agency “does not keep information regarding the sentences of detainees” and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig told the Free Beacon he has no records of the case.
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton had expressed concern in 2021 that inmates would receive money under the plan, rejecting the idea that someone like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 2013 Boston Marathon bomber, would get $1,400. Tsarnaev eventually took in $1,400 in connection with the plan, the Boston Herald reported in January 2022.
“The Democratic Party is intoxicated with power, and their reckless billions in spending continue to pour out of the US coffers with little to no guidance,” Florida Republican Representative Byron Donalds told the DCNF when he learned of the IRS payments to prisoners. .
The Treasury Department has not responded to a request for comment, and neither has the White House.
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