Senate GOP fails to roll back Treasury’s ‘abuse’ of COVID-19 relief funds

Senate GOP fails to roll back Treasury’s ‘abuse’ of COVID-19 relief funds


Senate Republicans failed to overturn new regulations from the Biden administration that give states greater flexibility in using COVID-19 relief funds.

Last fall, the Treasury Department issued new rules allowing states to “obligate” legal and administrative expenses associated with the funds past an end-of-year deadline. Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-MO) sponsored a disapproval resolution to reverse that rule change, arguing the Biden administration was violating the expiration dates laid out in the American Rescue Plan.

But the Senate rejected his attempt to roll back the regulation in a party-line vote on Wednesday. Forty-six Republicans voted in favor, with 49 Democrats and independents opposed.

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The American Rescue Plan, signed into law in 2021, allocated $350 billion for states and localities dealing with the effects of the coronavirus

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