Judiciary panel clears fraud bill

Both Leahy and Grassley, in separate statements, called fighting fraud a bipartisan issue.

“Hardworking, taxpaying Americans deserve to know that their government is doing all it can prevent fraud and hold those who commit fraud accountable for their crimes,” Leahy said. “Fighting fraud and protecting taxpayer dollars are issues Democrats and Republicans have long worked together to address.”

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Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) were the two Judiciary members to vote against the legislation. A spokeswoman for Lee said the freshman lawmaker was concerned that the measure increased federal oversight of criminal law scope and with how it would be funded.

Leahy and Grassley have previously teamed up on, among other measures, fraud legislation that was one of the first bills signed by President Obama.