Rep. Michelle Steel Leads California Lawmakers in Demanding Gov. Newsom Answer for Unemployment Fraud Scandal

Newsom Has Yet to Provide Adequate Explanation or Remedy for $11 Billion in Fraud

Huntington Beach, CA – Last week, U.S. Representative Michelle Steel led House Republican colleagues from California in demanding that Gov. Gavin Newsom answer for his administration’s failure in dealing with one of the largest fraud scandals in state history. 

In a joint letter, California Republicans requested that Gov. Newsom release details and address taxpayer concerns about his administration’s ongoing scandal regarding the state’s latest admission that $11 billion in unemployment claims were fraudulent. 

“I can only imagine how painful it must be for the millions of unemployed workers in our state to watch as desperately needed public assistance funds are squandered away by rampant incompetence and a total lack of accountability at the highest levels,” said Michelle Steel. “Gavin Newsom has not only completely failed in his most basic responsibilities and obligations to the people of California, but he must now provide a thorough explanation of what went wrong here, and how his administration plans to make things right.” 

Steel ran for Congress on the promise to hold government accountable for their failures and incompetencies, and she is doing just that in Washington. The current unemployment claims scandal is poised to create a tax nightmare for the state of California and Steel is committed to protecting taxpayers from continued government negligence.

Rep. Michelle Steel represents California’s 48th Congressional District, which covers most of the Orange County coast and includes Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Emerald Bay, Fountain Valley, and Surfside. Michelle Steel is a first generation Korean-American who believes in the promise of America and has worked as a tax fighter in Southern California for 15 years. She was elected to Congress in November 2020 and sits on the House Committees of Education and Labor and Transportation and Infrastructure in the 117th Congress. 

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