The Treasury Department’s inspector general confirmed in a letter to Democratic lawmakers that the agency plans to audit whether Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ spending on migrant flights was inappropriate.
Lawmakers asked the Treasury Department to investigate whether Florida improperly used American Rescue Plan funds for the migrant flights to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, which drew widespread media attention.
Florida lawmakers approved a $12 million migrant program funded with interest revenue from the federal Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund, according to documents.
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“As part of its oversight responsibilities for the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury has scheduled audit work regarding recipients’ compliance with Eligible Use Guidelines,” the inspector general’s office wrote in a letter dated Oct. 7 and published on Wednesday. “Additionally, as part of our oversight of the Coronavirus Relief Fund established by the CARES Act, we have already sought information from Florida regarding the appropriate use of this fund.”
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“We will review the permissibility of use of [State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund] funds related to immigration in general, and will specifically confirm whether interest earned on SLFRF funds was used by Florida in connection with immigration activities and, if so, what conditions and limitations apply to such use,” the inspector general continued.
The inspector general, whose position is currently vacant, reports to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and provides independent reports on the department.
The Democrats’ appeal to the Treasury Department and the recently announced audit are just the latest in a series of attempts to push back on the Florida governor after DeSantis transported migrants from Texas to the progressive bastion of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts — a move Democrats have blasted as a “terrible idea ” and a “publicity stunt.”
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Late. Ed Markey, D-Mass., celebrated the announcement Wednesday, taking credit for spurring the Treasury Department into action.
“@USTreasury responded to my letter and confirmed that it will investigate the matter [Gov. DeSantis’s] using Covid aids to cruelly transport immigrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard under false pretenses and without regard for their personal dignity or basic needs,” Markey boasted.
Fox News Digital has reached out to DeSantis’ office for comment.