Schumer Proposes Measure to Block Trump's Name from Coronavirus Relief Checks
The measure will be part of the potential 'Phase 4' stimulus package
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is proposing a new measure to block President Donald Trump's name from appearing on any future coronavirus relief checks.
The measure will be part of the potential “Phase 4” stimulus package.
The provision will be titled the “No PR Act,” banning the use of federal funds to promote Trump or Vice President Pence’s names or signatures, Politico reported.
“President Trump, unfortunately, appears to see the pandemic as just another opportunity to promote his own political interests,” Schumer, D-N.Y., told Politico.
“The No PR Act puts an end to the president’s exploitation of taxpayer money for promotional material that only benefits his re-election campaign.”
“Delaying the release of stimulus checks so his signature could be added is a waste of time and money.”
Trump's name appeared on millions of economic stimulus checks sent to Americans as part of the “Phase 3” coronavirus relief package.
The president’s name appeared on paper checks, while others received their relief payments via direct deposit.
Trump's signature was not included in the memo section on the left-hand side of those paper checks.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted the decision for Trump's name to appear on the Check, saying:
“Delaying direct payments to vulnerable families just to print his name on the check is another shameful example of President Trump’s catastrophic failure to treat this crisis with the urgency it demands.”
The news comes weeks after Democrats blocked measures pushed by the White House and Republicans to swiftly approve an additional $250 billion in stimulus relief money to help small businesses amid the coronavirus crisis.
Last month, Pelosi (D-CA) trashed Trump over his handling of the coronavirus stimulus relief bill, describing him as "a dangerous president."
Trump has since signed into law a nearly $500 billion "phase 3.5" emergency interim relief bill on Friday, and a "Phase 4" bill could follow.