Press Release H Berman CA30: Howard is Honored for Saving Taxpayers Billions
Howard L. Berman is the incumbent in the 2002 -2010 California District 28 and running for reelection in the 2012 – 2020 California District 30.
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February 7, 2012
Howard is Honored for Saving Taxpayers Billions
At a ceremony this week commemorating the 25th anniversary of the False Claims Act, Howard was honored by Attorney General Eric Holder for his pivotal role in creating the “Whistleblower Bill.” The Justice Department’s Great Hall was packed with key figures involved with the legislation including Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy, Department of Justice leaders, lawyers, whistleblowers, and victims. Taxpayers have recovered more than $30 billion from fraudulent government contractors because of Howard’s amendments to the bill.
“This law is one of my proudest achievements in public office, and I am grateful to those responsible for its success,” said Congressman Berman. “In this broken Congress- this law is a model of how things can and should work in the legislative branch. Without regard to party, we worked together to get this bill done for the American people.”
“Attorney General Eric Holder says improvements in the Civil War-era False Claims Act designed to combat fraud against the government have led to recoveries for taxpayers of $8.8 billion in the past three years — and $30 billion since the amendments were adopted a quarter of a century ago…
Holder praised Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and California Rep. Howard Berman for helping pass the 1986 revisions.”
“Top Justice Department officials hailed the False Claims Act as one of its most successful anti-fraud enforcement tools ever during a celebration Tuesday of the 25th anniversary of bi-partisan amendments…
The anti-fraud law was enacted to stop war profiteers from ripping off the government during the Civil War. It later became major tool of the Justice Department after a robust overhaul in 1986, led by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.).”
“Yesterday, there was a belated celebration of the 25th anniversary of the False Claims Amendments Act of 1986. The Department of Justice marked the occasion with remarks by Attorney General Eric Holder, Assistant Attorney General Tony West, and Members of Congress, and a panel discussion entitled ‘$30 Billion, 25 Years: The False Claims Act in Review’ featuring department officials and outside experts…
The 1986 amendments, sponsored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Representative Howard Berman (D-CA), strengthened the Act’s qui tam provisions by creating incentives for whistleblower lawsuits, such as increasing the amount of money successful plaintiffs can recover. Grassley and Berman were also instrumental in the passage of the second major overhaul of the Act, the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009.”