Fraud in state childcare programs stirred sharp debate on the House floor Thursday as lawmakers considered a major health and human services bill. Republican Representative Pat Garofalo of Farmington accused Democrats of not doing enough about fraud–citing stories last year reporting that money meant for a state program was being funneled to terrorists.

Garofalo asked Representative Dave Pinto of St. Paul…many on this side of aisle, we believe we have runaway rampant fraud in this program, you’re a leader in your caucus on this issue, what does the DFL and you think about that?

Pinto responded: this all came about because of an inflammatory report a year ago, that has been found to have no credible evidence to support it