Reps. Budd & Curtis Introduce Bill to Stop Payments to Dead People

Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) joined Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) to introduce the Stopping Payments to the Deceased Act. The bill would require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to share their death records with the Department of the Treasury.

Background: 

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that $1.5 billion of direct stimulus payments in the Coronavirus Aid, Response, and Economic Recovery (CARES) Act were sent to dead people. The GAO cited the Department of the Treasury’s lack of access to SSA’s ‘Death Master File’ as the primary reason for this waste of taxpayer money.

Rep. Budd said in a statement:

“Every taxpayer dollar is sacred and should be treated that way, especially during a crisis like COVID-19. I commend Rep. Curtis for this common sense legislation that will prevent the senseless waste of billions of taxpayer dollars in the future.”

Rep. Curtis said:

“The American taxpayer should never be on the hook for clumsy federal decision making. We could have saved the American people more than $1 billion if we had done our homework. This common-sense legislation gives our federal agencies the requisite tools to sync their data systems on the front-end versus scrambling for solutions to avoidable problems on the back-end.”

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