WASHINGTON—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) joined Senator Rick Scott and 5 other GOP colleagues in introducing the Congressional Review of Agency Legal Settlements Act following reports that the Biden administration is considering using U.S. taxpayer dollars to pay settlements of $450,000 per person to illegal aliens separated at the southern border after being caught unlawfully entering the country.The Congressional Review of Agency Legal Settlements Act empowers Congress with necessary oversight to ensure agencies are not skirting the formal rulemaking processes of the Administrative Procedures Act and are not misusing appropriations of federal taxpayer dollars with exorbitant financial awards in legal settlements.
“In light of reports that the Biden Justice Department wants to make $450,000 settlement payments to illegal aliens who came here in violation of U.S. law, Congress must step up and provide proper oversight. The Congressional Review of Agency Legal Settlements Act will ensure that hardworking Americans’ tax dollars are used appropriately, rather than to reward illegal conduct,” said Senator Hagerty.
“Biden’s plan to pay out $450,000 — nearly half a million dollars — to illegal immigrants who broke U.S. laws is ridiculous and must be stopped. Not even the families of our fallen service members receive this amount of money. Instead of dishing out money to people who have no respect for our laws, Biden should be focused on fixing the problem and securing our border. Instead, he’s giving people an incentive to break our laws. It doesn’t make any sense. That’s why I’m introducing the Congressional Review of Agency Legal Settlements Act today to hold the Biden administration accountable and give Congress the oversight needed to ensure federal agencies can’t recklessly waste American tax dollars. I appreciate the support of Senators Pat Toomey, Bill Cassidy, Mike Rounds, Bill Hagerty, Mike Braun and James Lankford in this effort and urge all of our colleagues to support this good bill,” said Senator Scott.