Mike Garcia Secures Funding for Labor, Health Priorities in California’s 25th District
Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25) secured funds to support health care improvements, workforce readiness programs, and language to encourage the prevention of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) fraud in California’s 25th District.
Today, Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25) secured funds to support health care improvements, workforce readiness programs, and language to encourage the prevention of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) fraud in California’s 25th District. The funding is included in the FY2022 Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations bill.
Garcia also secured language in the bill that would urge the Department of Labor to provide proper safeguards for PUA fraud prevention tools and procedures and directs the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on existing deficiencies in the Administration of Unemployment Compensation. Garcia recently cosponsored the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Fraud Protection Act, or H.R. 4190, that would require states to recover fraudulent benefits payments, prevent future fraud, and support the victims of unemployment benefit fraud and identity theft. Garcia’s efforts to prevent PUA fraud and support victims of such fraud come as it is now estimated that California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) has paid out up to $31 billion in PUA benefits to fraudulent entities or ineligible individuals.
The bill also includes funding to establish the Advanced Projects Research Agency for Health (ARPA–H), which would invest in large high-risk, high-reward research projects that have the potential to achieve breakthroughs in the treatment of diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and ALS.