Rep. Ted Budd Uncovers 597,000 Federal Prisoners Received $863 Million in Biden Stimulus Payments

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) released new data showing that the Biden administration sent more stimulus payments to federal prisoners than they originally disclosed.

The full amount of taxpayer-funded payments sent to incarcerated individuals was $80 million higher than originally released in July 2021. The payments were sent to federal prisoners through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

The Department of the Treasury responded to Rep. Budd’s January 11, 2022 and April 13, 2022 letters requesting updated statistics regarding how many Economic Impact Payments (stimulus payments) were sent to federal prisoners during the Biden administration.


The Treasury Department disclosed the following new information:

  • “Third-round Economic Impact Payments were disbursed to the approximately 597,000 individuals who were incarcerated during the 2021 calendar year.”

  • “Approximately $863 million in third-round Economic Impact Payments were disbursed to the incarcerated individuals”

  • 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.”


Read the full response to Rep. Budd’s inquiry HERE


Rep. Budd said in a statement:

“After the revelation that the convicted Boston Marathon bomber received a $1,400 stimulus check, I began to dig into how much taxpayer money did the Biden administration send out to criminals serving in federal prison. The answer I received is truly outrageous. Nearly 600,000 incarcerated individuals receiving upwards of $1 billion is a disgrace to hardworking taxpayers of North Carolina. What’s most appalling is that every Senate Democrat voted to allow these payments to prisoners on March 6, 2021. 

“I firmly believe that taxpayer money should never be sent to individuals who are serving in federal prison for truly evil crimes like murder, terrorism, and rape. Each and every taxpayer dollar is sacred and should be treated that way. The Biden administration needs to take responsibility for this massive misuse of taxpayer funds and Congress must hold them accountable.”

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