Biden Government Gave $783.5M in Taxpayer-Funded Stimulus Checks for Prisoners
Measure was opposed by Trump
The federal government doled out a massive $783.5 million for inmates as part of the American Rescue Plan, according to reports.
Conservative group American Crossroads sent a public records request to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), who responded that the money went to 560,000 prisoners who were incarcerated for the full tax year 2020.
The American Rescue Plan granted $1,400 in stimulus money to those making less than $75,000 per year, which was passed in March.
Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., both tried to exclude prisoners from getting the checks, but it failed on a party-line vote.
Unsurprisingly, every Senate Democrat opposed the measure.
In addition to the $1,400 payout was $1,200 and $600 checks offered as part of the coronavirus relief legislation.
The measure was blasted by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., saying it would harm Black and Brown families.
"Given the stark racial disparities in our criminal justice system, this would cause the most harm to Black and brown families and communities already harmed by mass incarceration," he said from the Senate floor.
"Children should not be forced to go hungry because a parent is incarcerated."
The Trump administration tried to block the initial payments, but their efforts were halted by a federal judge who said the said legislation itself didn't exclude prisoners.
The news comes following reports convicted gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who abused Olympic athletes, received two stimulus checks amounting to $2,000
Cotton previously warned that the checks would flow to murderers like Dylan Roof and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
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