A group of Republican lawmakers have moved to block President Joe Biden’s administration from potentially paying up to $450,000 in taxpayer money to some illegal aliens who were separated at the border under former President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policies.
Sens. James Lankford (R-OK), Rick Scott (R-FL), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Mike Braun (R-IN) on Tuesday introduced the Congressional Review of Agency Legal Settlements Act. According to Lankford’s office, the bill “empowers Congress to ensure agencies don’t skirt the formal rulemaking processes of the Administration Procedures Act and misuse federal tax dollars for exorbitant financial awards in legal settlements.”
“If the Biden administration is going to propose settlements as a way to pay people off, like the $450,000 settlements for illegal border crossers, then the agreements should be subject to congressional disapproval and nullification just like other ill-advised executive actions like vaccine mandates,” Lankford said in a statement.
Reports emerged in October that the Biden administration planned to pay members of families separated at the border as much as $450,000 apiece. A short time after the reports, Biden said they were “garbage” and “That’s not going to happen” — but a day later White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president was “perfectly comfortable” with giving payouts to separated families although she did not confirm an amount.
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