Owens Supports Legislation to Combat Unchecked Unemployment Fraud, Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars

Jul 28, 2022
Health Care

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) co-sponsored the Chase COVID Unemployment Fraud Act of 2022, legislation to prevent fraud in COVID unemployment programs, recover paid benefits, and provide relief for American taxpayers and victims of unemployment fraud.

Unemployment fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the greatest theft of taxpayer dollars in American history. Criminal organizations, including international cybercrime rings and opportunistic foreign actors, exploited a national crisis to steal billions from taxpayers. Unemployment fraud has left taxpayers on the hook for $163 billion (and counting), with only about $4 billion being recovered to date.

“It is imperative that we account for every single dollar of the $5 trillion of COVID-19 relief funding,” said Rep. Owens. “At a time when Americans are facing 40-year high inflation, supply chain disruptions, and unaffordable energy prices, any mismanagement of taxpayer funds is unacceptable. I am proud to support the Chase COVID Unemployment Fraud Act of 2022 to punish fraudsters, strengthen cybersecurity, and safeguard Utahns’ hard-earned tax dollars.”

The full text of the legislation is available here.



Recent Posts

Feb 5, 2024

Utah Congressional Delegation Announces Passport Fairs in Coordination with State Department

Utahns can obtain passport services at five events throughout the state from February 13 – 17 Representative Burgess Owens (UT-04) joined U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Representatives John Curtis (UT-03), Blake Moore (UT-01), and Celeste Maloy (UT-02), in coordination with the Department of State, to announce five “Passport Fairs” throughout the […]

Feb 1, 2024

Owens Water Quality Bill Clears T&I Committee

WASHINGTON – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee included the Water Quality Criteria Development and Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04), in H.R. 7023, the Creating Confidence in Clean Water Permitting Act, which passed out of committee with bipartisan support. Owens’ legislation sets forth clearer procedures for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […]

Jan 31, 2024

Ed Committee Approves Owens Amendment Enhancing College Cost Reduction Act 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Education and the Workforce Committee passed the College Cost Reduction Act, which includes an amendment by Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04), chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee. Owens’ amendment clarifies the calculation of reimbursement payments, improves college transparency provisions, and changes the funding structure of the PROMISE program. “The […]